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[kon-kok-shuh n, kuh n-] /kɒnˈkɒk ʃən, kən-/
the act or process of concocting.
something concocted:
a delicious concoction of beans, rice, and meat.
Origin of concoction
1525-35; < Latin concoctiōn- (stem of concoctiō) digestion, equivalent to concoct(us) (see concoct) + -iōn- -ion
2. mixture, medley, blend. Unabridged
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  • When she presses blend, the resulting concoction looks about as appealing as getting pulled over for drunk driving.
  • Not a culinary masterpiece, you could argue, but a rather nifty concoction.
  • The same can be said of this article, which is a concoction of facts, half facts and outright inaccuracies.
  • Let the concoction slightly cool, then add the vanilla essence.
  • From what you write, this is a new concoction entirely, and has no resemblance to the ancient brew.
  • But little else was known about this rare chemical concoction found only in bees.
  • The alternative is a cheap homemade concoction mixed in large vats and sold on the sly to those in search of a heady escape.
  • The wrong genetic concoction could breed out these traits.
  • The vinegar-and-ginger concoction apparently elicited mixed reviews.
  • The idea of negative interest rates may strike some people as absurd, the concoction of some impractical theorist.
British Dictionary definitions for concoction


the act or process of concocting
something concocted
an untruth; lie
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Word Origin and History for concoction

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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