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concoction

[kon-kok-shuh n, kuh n-]
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noun
  1. the act or process of concocting.
  2. something concocted: a delicious concoction of beans, rice, and meat.
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Origin of concoction

1525–35; < Latin concoctiōn- (stem of concoctiō) digestion, equivalent to concoct(us) (see concoct) + -iōn- -ion

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2. mixture, medley, blend.
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  • "The concoction of the draught has been perfect," said he, in answer to Georgiana's look.

  • You do spoil one abominably, you concoction of honey and all things sweet.

    Hopes and Fears

    Charlotte M. Yonge

  • In the south of France they make a concoction from the residue of grapes.

    All About Coffee

    William H. Ukers

  • That night, I made a concoction that would only satisfy a Siwash appetite.

    On a Donkey's Hurricane Deck

    R. Pitcher Woodward

  • He was a self-appointed lemonade maker and was famous for the concoction.

    Joan of the Journal

    Helen Diehl Olds


British Dictionary definitions for concoction

concoction

noun
  1. the act or process of concocting
  2. something concocted
  3. an untruth; lie
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Word Origin and History for concoction

n.

1530s, "digestion," from Latin concoctionem (nominative concoctio) "digestion," noun of action from past participle stem of concoquere (see concoct). Meaning "preparation of a medicinal potion" is from 1851; sense of "a made-up story" is from 1823.

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