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alchemy

noun al·che·my \ˈal-kə-mē\

: a science that was used in the Middle Ages with the goal of changing ordinary metals into gold

: a power or process that changes or transforms something in a mysterious or impressive way

Full Definition of ALCHEMY

1
:  a medieval chemical science and speculative philosophy aiming to achieve the transmutation of the base metals into gold, the discovery of a universal cure for disease, and the discovery of a means of indefinitely prolonging life
2
:  a power or process of transforming something common into something special
3
:  an inexplicable or mysterious transmuting
al·chem·i·cal \-mi-kəl\ also al·chem·ic \al-ˈke-mik\ adjective
al·chem·i·cal·ly \-mi-k(ə-)lē\ adverb

Examples of ALCHEMY

  1. She practiced her alchemy in the kitchen, turning a pile of vegetables into a delicious salad.
  2. The company hoped for some sort of economic alchemy that would improve business.

Origin of ALCHEMY

Middle English alkamie, alquemie, from Middle French or Medieval Latin; Middle French alkimie, from Medieval Latin alchymia, from Arabic al-kīmiyā', from al the + kīmiyā' alchemy, from Late Greek chēmeia
First Known Use: 14th century

Other Occult Terms

augury, censor, invocation, lucidity, metempsychosis, mojo, numinous, preternatural, weird, wraith
ALCHEMY Defined for Kids

alchemy

noun al·che·my \ˈal-kə-mē\

Definition of ALCHEMY for Kids

:  a science that was used in the Middle Ages with the goal of changing ordinary metals into gold
Medical Dictionary

alchemy

noun al·che·my \ˈal-kə-mē\
plural al·che·mies

Medical Definition of ALCHEMY

:  the medieval chemical science and speculative philosophy whose aims were the transmutation of the base metals into gold, the discovery of a universal cure for diseases, and the discovery of a means of indefinitely prolonging life
al·che·mist \-məst\ noun
al·che·mis·tic \ˌal-kə-ˈmis-tik\ or al·che·mis·ti·cal \-ti-kəl\ adjective

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