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1The action or an act of refining something or making something purer or more perfect; distillation; the result of this.
2Over-refinement of language or ideas; excessive subtlety; an instance of this.
Early 17th century. From post-classical Latin alembication-, alembicatio from alembicus, alembicum + classical Latin -ātiō.
We take a look at several popular, though confusing, punctuation marks.
From Afghanistan to Zimbabwe, discover surprising and intriguing language facts from around the globe.
The definitions of ‘buddy’ and ‘bro’ in the OED have recently been revised. We explore their history and increase in popularity.