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encaustic Syllabification: en·caus·tic
Pronunciation: /inˈkôstik/

Definition of encaustic in English:


(Especially in painting and ceramics) using pigments mixed with hot wax that are burned in as an inlay.
Example sentences
  • Scherman started painting with wax in 1974, when, as a student at the Royal College of Art in London, he first saw Jasper Johns's encaustic paintings.
  • Above this ensemble, on the wall against which it is set, hangs a grid of 25 square encaustic paintings, monochrome abstractions that evoke the night sky.
  • Perceptually tricky yet highly engaging, Channel 11 is an encaustic painting on wood with a gridded picture plane of equally sized beige, brown and blue squares.


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The art or process of encaustic painting.
Example sentences
  • In this show, which featured a range of traditional mediums (oil, watercolor, acrylic or encaustic on canvas, linen or paper), the surfaces are gridded into small squares, and a linear configuration fills each box.
  • Although some mummy portraits were done with tempera, encaustic was particularly suited for the realistic representation of human skin because of the medium's thicker texture and luminosity.
  • The artists used both tempera and encaustic, a wax-based medium.


Late 16th century: via Latin from Greek enkaustikos, from enkaiein 'burn in', from en- 'in' + kaiein 'to burn'.

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