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When do you use bronzed vs. brazed? Is a bronze statue bronzed or brazed?

What would be the best word for a man that was commemorated with a bronze statue?

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If you're attempting to describe a bronze statue, then bronze statue would be the best descriptor.

  • Brazed means to solder a joint.
  • Bronzed means that something is coated in bronze, not made of it.
  • Brazen means that something is made of brass, which is different than bronze.
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+1 for hitting the difference between "brazed" and "brazen". –  JSBձոգչ Mar 25 '11 at 20:59
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A bronze is also a noun for a statue
He was honoured by a life-sized bronze of himself

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  • "Bronzed" means plated in bronze like bronzed baby shoes
  • "Brazen" (which I think is the word you're looking for) is an archaic word that means made of bronze.
  • "Brazed" is the past tense of braze which is a process of joining two pieces of metal that is somewhat similar to soldering. (thanks wiktionary)

edited for clarity.

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By the way, when you edit something there is a convenient "Edit Summary" at the bottom of the page where you can let people know what and why you edited. The summary is visible by clicking on the "5 mins ago" link next to "edited." You don't need to add the reason to the body of the answer itself. (But great edit, by the way! It is certainly much easier to read now.) –  MrHen Mar 25 '11 at 20:50
    
Brazen doesn't mean "made of bronze;" it means "made of brass." Brass is a different copper alloy. –  kiamlaluno Mar 25 '11 at 21:13
    
@MrHen Thanks, I realized as I was clicking the Save button. Well, always next time. @kiamlaluno I didn't know that brazen referred to brass, thanks. –  Yitzchak Mar 27 '11 at 2:27
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