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(of an idea, expression, or style) excessively subtle or refined.
affected, over-refined, artificial, studied, pretentious, chichi, flowery, mannered, contrived, effeteView synonyms
- ‘The prose style of Boccaccio is not a simple style—rather it is curious and alembicated.’
- ‘Astounding, enchanting, alembicated, and dramatic, the Chopin studies are exemplary essays in emotion and manner.’
- ‘This ingenious man, however metaphysical and alembicated he may be in his writings, was of great simplicity in his character and conversation.’
- ‘The most highly alembicated and sophisticated work of art, arising in complex civilizations.’
- ‘The twins enjoyed confusing the Neophyte with their cryptic words and alembicated rhetoric.’
Late 18th century: from alembic + the adjectival suffix -ated.
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