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.

1300–50; Middle English < Latin confectiōn- (stem of confectiō) completion, equivalent to confect- (see confect) + -iōn- -ion Unabridged
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confection (kənˈfɛkʃən)
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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Word Origin & History

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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American Heritage
Medical Dictionary

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

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Bible Dictionary

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.

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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Example sentences
These confections may be used at dinner in place of bonbons or ginger chips.
The time straying toward infidelity and confections and persiflage he withholds
  by steady faith.
The fine dining experiences include places that make some of the best chocolate
  confections in the world.
If you're feeling creative, you may want to try making your own confections.
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