high relief


: sculptural relief in which at least half of the circumference of the modeled form projects compare bas-relief

Examples of high relief in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The designer clothing website Matches now offers a garden’s worth of veggie earthenware from the 139-year-old Portuguese ceramics manufactory Bordallo Pinheiro, including plates that look like ragwort leaves, each affixed with a high relief ladybug. Alexa Brazilian Mari Maeda and Yuji Oboshi, New York Times, 16 Oct. 2023 The gendered aspect of the Girl Dinner was put into high relief when its spawn began emerging. Emily Heil, Washington Post, 4 Aug. 2023 Fara places their predicament during four harrowing years of national upheaval in high relief, showcasing society’s shocking ambivalence toward their patriotic efforts. Elaine Weiss, Foreign Affairs, 12 Feb. 2019 The issue of how to think about the deaths of unvaccinated has been thrown into high relief locally by the case of Kelly Ernby, a prominent Orange County Republican and deputy district attorney who advocated against vaccine mandates and died of COVID around New Year’s Day, unvaccinated. Los Angeles Times, 10 Jan. 2022 Writer Sonam Yashi notes that the natural beauty of Stone Mountain, however, conflicts with the white-supremacist history of the world’s largest high relief sculpture, a nine-story high monument to three Confederate leaders who fought to keep people enslaved in America. National Geographic, 13 Oct. 2020 The devastating fire that swept through Notre-Dame de Paris on April 15, 2019, threw into high relief the need for skilled craftspeople to tackle the mammoth preservation effort required to restore and safeguard this iconic cultural treasure for present and future generations. Marjorie Hunt, Smithsonian Magazine, 15 July 2020 Which brought our collective hurtle toward catastrophe into high relief. Outside Online, 10 Mar. 2022 The cities’ differences were in high relief at high school graduation. Los Angeles Times, 1 Sep. 2021 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1703, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of high relief was in 1703

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“High relief.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/high%20relief. Accessed 11 Dec. 2023.

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