1 make a concoction (of) by mixing
2 prepare or cook by mixing ingredients; "concoct a strange mixture" [syn: cook up]
3 of charges [syn: trump up]
4 devise or invent; "He thought up a plan to get rich quickly"; "no-one had ever thought of such a clever piece of software" [syn: think up, think of, dream up, hatch]
A concoction (sometimes spelled concotion) is -strictly speaking- a combination of various ingredients, usually herbs, spices, condiments, powdery substances or minerals, mixed up together, minced, dissolved or macerated into a liquid so as they can be ingested or drunk. The term "concoction" is sometimes loosely used metaphorically in order to describe a cocktail or a motley assembly of things, persons or ideas. Quite often various very pungent and spicy ketchups or hot sauces, usually based on Cayenne peppers are inadverdently -or for commercial reasons- called "concoctions".
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