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[al-kuh-mist] /ˈæl kə mɪst/
a person who is versed in or practices alchemy.
1350-1400; Middle English alkamist; probably < Medieval Latin alchymista, equivalent to alchym(ia) alchemy + -ista -ist

Alchemist, The

a comedy (1610) by Ben Jonson. Unabridged
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  • alchemists tried to produce a potion from ground jade-the elixir of life-that would grant immortality.
  • alchemists looking for gold and look where chemistry is today.
  • So, you know, the ancient alchemists were trying to turn everything into gold.
  • When alchemists invented distilling, they were trying to boil out the essential spirits that lived within all matter.
  • Private equity's financial alchemists managed to turn debt into gold.
  • By the ancient alchemists, gold represented the sun, and silver the moon.
  • It is quite an error to suppose that the word means an essence five times distilled, and that the term came from the alchemists.
  • alchemists were familiar with laws which scientists have recently rediscovered.
  • The word evokes quaint images of cabinetmakers or alchemists teaching eager youths the secrets of their trade.
  • Indeed, a fair number of the heroes of the scientific revolution were dyed-in-the-wool alchemists.
British Dictionary definitions for alchemists


a person who practises alchemy
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Word Origin and History for alchemists



1510s, from Middle French alquemiste, from Medieval Latin alchimista (see alchemy). Earlier forms were alchemister (late 14c.), alkanamyer (late 15c.).

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