Definition of concoction in English:



  • 1A mixture of various ingredients or elements.

    ‘the facade is a strange concoction of northern Mannerism and Italian Baroque’
    • ‘Berkeley drank more of the strange concoction, his attention drawn to Harold's neck.’
    • ‘In so doing, the group sounds like the sort that practices deep in the Appalachians, brewing strange concoctions that evoke the Other so easily - both exotic and primitive.’
    • ‘Language has the authority of being a concoction - its elements familiarly charged, their composite a chance to see with fresh eyes the range and weight of our possibility.’
    • ‘The New Yorkers said that, while it was first thought the attacks relied on high end military grade explosives, they later proved to be homemade concoctions made of mundane ingredients.’
    • ‘This cake - a concoction that defies the combination of its ingredients - is so delectable I ate half of it in the two days we were there.’
    • ‘Their legacy is cemented in a strange concoction of Karo syrup, red dye, and makeup base.’
    • ‘The couple have to collect the herbs themselves and brew the concoctions in earthen pots on low flame.’
    • ‘One night, after sampling a strange concoction made from the rose petals collected from Croxleys Wood, Geoff encounters the beautiful Rosemary.’
    • ‘All in all, the show was a fine concoction, with first-class ingredients and impeccable presentation.’
    • ‘Those elements are a potent concoction and they make editorial cartooning a singular and indispensable part of American journalism.’
    • ‘The tent contained a collection of herbs and strange concoctions which glistened in the lamplight, lending a sinister glow to the place.’
    • ‘Instead, inventive Russians got busy distilling their own heady and often fatal alcoholic concoctions using ingredients like toothpaste or shoe polish.’
    • ‘The two concoctions were viable elements for either permanent brain damage or death.’
    • ‘Amid these chemical concoctions we find elements significant to the cosmos, allowing me to offer a view of the periodic table through the lens of an astrophysicist.’
    • ‘Place this ingredient into the concoction last, otherwise something deadly might occur.’
    • ‘Elevators, Marty had noticed, were a strange concoction.’
    • ‘His main beverage is a unique concoction of ingredients deemed healthy in Japan: raw egg, sesame seeds, unpolished rice, parched bean flour, green tea leaves, vinegar and yogurt.’
    • ‘As I collected my coffee the strange chocolate concoction was sitting unclaimed on the counter.’
    • ‘Her grandmother often took her to the city to find special ingredients for her concoctions.’
    • ‘The Chinese themselves are fairly exuberant in this respect, for example in some of their coloured bean curd concoctions.’
    mixture, brew, preparation, creation
    blend, mixture, mix, combination, composite, compound
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    1. 1.1 An elaborate story, especially a fabricated one.
      ‘her story is an improbable concoction’
      • ‘This film is an intriguing and hugely entertaining concoction that could benefit greatly from an extended running time.’
      • ‘The findings completely falsified the concoctions of the secular media and the minority religious leaders.’
      • ‘In 1982 some natural examples of undecidable mathematical statements were discovered in the course of trying to solve a real problem - they are not artificial concoctions.’
      • ‘‘It's really getting to be a series of concoctions and fabrication,’ Estrada's chief of staff said in reaction to the report in The Nation.’
      • ‘But I will put my trust in the American system, where fabrication and concoction may work for awhile, but sooner or later the calumny is exposed.’
      • ‘Or maybe the story about Seagal was a concoction to start with, and he won't be needing to peruse The Echo's real estate classifieds.’
      • ‘In the course of the initial case, the plaintiff was compelled to change the time and date of the alleged sexual activity three times as the defence was able to expose the concoction.’
      • ‘How did you manage to work up sufficient trust in this man to down all of the concoctions that he put before you?’
      • ‘They may be a depraved tangle but it's the disparate concoction and uninhibited mindset that improbably make this band one of the most inventive and mystifyingly unsettling live acts I've seen in ages.’
      • ‘What seems to have been the concoction was this suggestion that his role was the explanation for this extortion by the field officers, which the Tribunal treats as not a rational explanation for what had happened.’
      • ‘The Prime Minister has simply been allowed to employ what is standard operating procedure for his government: when one set of lies is exposed, replace them with a new concoction.’
      • ‘He had no real opportunity for reflection or concoction, too little time for fabrication.’
      • ‘But the group didn't stop there, as the entire concoction's tied together by a quasi-religious theme of traveling home under the watchful eye of Mother Mary.’
      fabrication, piece of fiction, invention, falsification, contrivance
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    2. 1.2 An elaborate or showy garment or hat.
      ‘she wore a skin-tight concoction of bugle heads and sequins’
      • ‘Maud Martha's refusal to purchase the millinery concoction, even at a substantially discounted price, reaffirms her sense of self.’
      • ‘Of course, it's not only bonefish that like to eat shrimp-like concoctions of fur and feather.’
      • ‘This outfit is one of her more hideous concoctions in the way of outfits: white wedge sandals, a mini skirt made from Dalmatian-patterned suede, and a black and white checked t-shirt with a plunging neckline.’
      • ‘He did not see the man, belted in a gothic concoction of black and crimson, as he dived gracefully from the rooftop above.’
      • ‘Designer Sergio Ciucci served his body-hugging concoctions mostly in black leather, while he also cut jackets and coats into black pony skin and delivered noteworthy fur numbers with side bands.’