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  • adj. Over-refined; (of ideas, expressions etc.) excessively stylised.


From alembic +‎ -ated. (Wiktionary)


  • He has the most confused mind, alembicated, what our ancestors called a diseur de phébus, and he makes the things that he says even more unpleasant by the manner in which he says them.

    Within a Budding Grove

  • It is Chopin at the supreme summit of his art, an art alembicated, personal and intoxicating.

    Chopin : the Man and His Music

  • Astounding, canorous, enchanting, alembicated and dramatic, the Chopin studies are exemplary essays in emotion and manner.

    Chopin : the Man and His Music

  • The purer love part of the matter is a little, as the French themselves say, "alembicated."

    A History of the French Novel, Vol. 1 From the Beginning to 1800

  • English sixteenth centuries, and the alembicated exquisiteness of Catullus and Carew; he does not dislike Webster because he is not Dryden, or Young because he is not Spenser; he does not quarrel with Sophocles because he is not Æschylus, or with Hugo because he is not Heine.

    A History of Elizabethan Literature

  • In her alembicated style she says to Cecil, 'I hope for my sake you will rather draw for Walter towards the east than help him forward toward the sunset, if any respect to me or love to him be not forgotten.


  • I wanted him to give her up and lucidly informed him why; on which he never protested nor contradicted, never was even so alembicated as to declare just for the sake of the point that he wouldn't.


  • I wanted him to give her up and luminously informed him why; on which he never protested nor contradicted, never was even so alembicated as to declare just for the sake of the drama that he wouldn't.


  • Providence: his mind was like a warm climate, which brings everything to perfection suddenly and vigorously, not like the alembicated productions of artificial fire, which always betray the difficulty of bringing them forth when their size is disproportionate to their flavour.

    Anecdotes of the late Samuel Johnson

  • This forced, violent, alembicated style is most abhorrent to me; it can’t be helped; the note was struck years ago on the Janet Nicoll, and has to be maintained somehow; and I can only hope the intrinsic horror and pathos, and a kind of fierce glow of colour there is to it, and the surely remarkable wealth of striking incident, may guide our little shallop into port.

    Vailima Letters


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  • "...the alembicated Donne..." found in The Stuffed Owl by DBW Lewis and C Lee

    February 28, 2013

  • "He was indeed a wonderful mixture of the universal and the alembicated."
    "Browning in Westminster Abbey by Henry James, in English Hours, p 34 of the Oxford University Press paperback

    September 18, 2010