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  • adj. Of or pertaining to the medieval chemical science and philosophy of alchemy.
  • adj. Of or pertaining to an unexplainable transmutation.
  • adj. Of or pertaining to the creation of something special out of a common material.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Same as alchemic.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. related to or concerned with alchemy

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Examples

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  • First found in Chinese alchemical works emphasizing the lengthening of life and the search for immortality, medical alchemy was integrated first into Islamic and then into Western alchemy and medicine.

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  • Here are high-rez scanned pages from Isaac Newton's "alchemical" notebooks where he recorded his chemistry experiments.

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  • First and foremost, a kind of alchemical transmutation of all mere rationality into true Reason instrumental rationality being only the leaden and debased form of Reason; of the transmutation of mere fantasy into creative imagination, of knowledge into wisdom; and of science into gnosis.

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  • He was also frequently cited by Carl G. Jung in illustrating the transformative dynamics of the psyche's "alchemical" individuation process.

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  • Certain of these exercises involve the "alchemical" use of mind-active drugs, including new vasopressin derivatives, beta-endorphins and hallucinogens

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  • In "The Secret Rose" are two "alchemical" tales and in "The Tables of the Law" (1904), two others of like subject.

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  • In the room that he called the "alchemical," Ian, disengaging himself, turned and put both hands on Alexander's shoulders.

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  • ( "alchemical" and "chimerical") childhood obsessions (21); both, of course, turn out to be versions of a desire to raise the dead. close window

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