One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Make (something elaborate or dainty) from various elements.‘a trifle confected from angelica and piped cream’
- ‘Opposition MPs have had no qualms confecting anger, declaring Mr Blair's choice of garment to be a ‘sartorial outrage‘.’
- ‘In the Eucharistic service, the priest confects the bread as Christ's body.’
- ‘To undermine Weinstein's credentials, his adversaries have confected a series of charges of sloppy scholarship.’
- ‘She also confects dips, chocolate mousse, cheesecake, soft cheeses and, of course, butter.’
- ‘Playwrights, directors, songwriters migrated from New York to California, confecting a word-and-picture medium quite similar to the one they had left behind.’
Late Middle English: from Latin confect- ‘put together’, from the verb conficere, from con- ‘together’ + facere ‘make’.
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