confection

[kuhn-fek-shuhn]
noun
1.
a sweet preparation of fruit or the like, as a preserve or candy.
2.
the process of compounding, preparing, or making something.
3.
a frivolous, amusing, or contrived play, book, or other artistic or literary work.
4.
something made up or confected; a concoction: He said the charges were a confection of the local police.
5.
something, as a garment or decorative object, that is very delicate, elaborate, or luxurious and usually nonutilitarian.
6.
Pharmacology. a medicated preparation made with the aid of sugar, honey, syrup, or the like.
verb (used with object)
7.
Archaic. to prepare as a confection.

Origin:
1300–50; Middle English < Latin confectiōn- (stem of confectiō) completion, equivalent to confect- (see confect) + -iōn- -ion

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confection (kənˈfɛkʃən)
 
n
1.  the act or process of compounding or mixing
2.  any sweet preparation of fruit, nuts, etc, such as a preserve or a sweet
3.  old-fashioned an elaborate article of clothing, esp for women
4.  informal anything regarded as overelaborate or frivolous: the play was merely an ingenious confection
5.  a medicinal drug sweetened with sugar, honey, etc
 
[C14: from Old French, from Latin confectiō a preparing, from conficere to produce; see confect]

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confection
1345, from O.Fr. confeccion, from L. confectionem (nom. confectio), n. from confectus, pp. of conficere "to prepare," from com- "with" + facere "to make, do" (see factitious). Originally "the making by means of ingredients," sense of "candy or light pastry" predominated
from 16c. Related: Confectioner (1590s).
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confection con·fec·tion (kən-fěk'shən)
n.
A sweetened medicinal compound. Also called electuary.

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Confection definition


(Ex. 30:35, "ointment" in ver. 25; R.V., "perfume"). The Hebrew word so rendered is derived from a root meaning to compound oil and perfume.

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Example sentences
But these influences on the character and quality of the confection have long
  been secrets.
Think of this platform as a cake plate supporting the confection of the house
  itself.
The isotope concentrations of the meteoric confection were also unlike those of
  earthly sweets.
Beneath the slung mud lies a complex confection of greed and rivalry.
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