Definition of concoction in English:


Line breaks: con|coc¦tion
Pronunciation: /kənˈkɒkʃn


  • 1A mixture of various ingredients or elements: the facade is a strange concoction of northern Mannerism and Italian Baroque
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    • 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.
    • 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.
    • The two concoctions were viable elements for either permanent brain damage or death.
    mixture, brew, preparation, creation; potionblend, mixture, mix, combination, composite, compound; hybrid
    informal mash-up
  • 1.1An elaborate story, especially a fabricated one: her story is an improbable concoction
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    • ‘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.
    fabrication, piece of fiction, invention, falsification, contrivance
    informal fairy story, fairy tale
  • 1.2An elaborate or showy garment or hat: she wore a skin-tight concoction of bugle heads and sequins
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    • 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.
    • Maud Martha's refusal to purchase the millinery concoction, even at a substantially discounted price, reaffirms her sense of self.
    • He did not see the man, belted in a gothic concoction of black and crimson, as he dived gracefully from the rooftop above.

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