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alchemy

A pseudoscience of the Middle Ages, which attempted to use primitive lab methods to understand laws of nature and the universe. Some of the methods and glassware alchemists created are still used in some form. Most alchemists tried to turn heavy metal into gold.
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The fourth social group satirized (or alchemically speaking, the fourth element of piperie) is the world of merchants, whose particular refinement is to elevate the value of products by bragging and boasting.
As the archetypes are potential opposites and "adversarial twins,"(10) the fire can be destructive or alchemically redemptive.
The music(63) points to the true meaning of the words, that Alonzo is being alchemically transformed into something wonderful.
Thus, he alchemically transforms her suffering into beauty.
Kis pulls his book Homo Politicus from the shelf, opens it, and reads one of the introductory citations--from Nabokov's story "Spring in Fialta"]: "Now, frankly speaking, I have always been irritated by the complacent conviction that a ripple of stream of consciousness, a few healthy obscenities, and a dash of communism in any old slop pail will alchemically and automatically produce ultramodern literature; and I will contend until I am shot that art as soon as it is brought into contact with politics inevitably sinks to the level of any ideological trash.
Alchemically, their union gives us the elixir of life.
Austin, Texas, has a successful operation in which "source-separated organic waste"--yard trimmings, wood chips, leaves, and the like--is added to sewage sludge and alchemically transformed into "Dillo Dirt" (as in "armadillo").