(Of an idea, expression, or style) excessively subtle or refined.
- The most highly alembicated and sophisticated work of art, arising in complex civilizations.
- The prose style of Boccaccio is not a simple style—rather it is curious and alembicated.
- 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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