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[kuh n-fek-shuh n] /kənˈfɛk ʃən/
a sweet preparation of fruit or the like, as a preserve or candy.
the process of compounding, preparing, or making something.
a frivolous, amusing, or contrived play, book, or other artistic or literary work.
something made up or confected; a concoction:
He said the charges were a confection of the local police.
something, as a garment or decorative object, that is very delicate, elaborate, or luxurious and usually nonutilitarian.
Pharmacology. a medicated preparation made with the aid of sugar, honey, syrup, or the like.
verb (used with object)
Archaic. to prepare as a confection.
Origin of confection
1300-50; Middle English < Latin confectiōn- (stem of confectiō) completion, equivalent to confect- (see confect) + -iōn- -ion Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for confection
  • 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.
  • Cocoa may be a main ingredient of a futures-market confection.
  • She concludes that the confection was named for its shape, not the specific ingredients.
  • The musical cinematic confection comes out in an ultimate collector's edition.
  • It is a nougat confection made from sugar, honey and egg whites.
  • But, oddly enough, the confection is not so tasty as one might suppose.
  • Take home this unusual confection next time you buy candy.
British Dictionary definitions for confection


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

mid-14c., confescioun, from Old French confeccion (12c., Modern French confection) "drawing up (of a treaty, etc.); article, product," in pharmacology, "mixture, compound," from Late Latin confectionem (nominative confectio) "a confection," in classical Latin, "a making, preparing," noun of action from confect-, past participle stem of conficere "to prepare," from com- "with" (see com-) + facere "to make, do" (see factitious). Originally "the making by means of ingredients," sense of "candy or light pastry" predominated from 16c.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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confection in Medicine

confection con·fec·tion (kən-fěk'shən)
A sweetened medicinal compound. Also called electuary.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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confection in the Bible

(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.

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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