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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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Inside out, or alchemized: two elements, a clownish French picture meets an English peasant event.
West Indies-influenced choreography and costume design that alchemized ballet and rebooted Broadway (he helmed and dressed "The Wiz" and "Timbuktu").
The excitement alchemized by this 2007 celebration created a "synergy" between arts organizations, and encouraged ticket-buyers to plan in advance, Jennings says.
Green no longer can rely on an incumbency that Handy has alchemized into a liability.
This amounts to three worlds simultaneously rendered: the world as it would exist if it could exist without us, the world as taken into the mind's convoluted darkness; and then the world blended with our thoughts about it and alchemized in language.
Morton provides a backdrop for this Canadian gambling explosion by chronicling how gambling alchemized from a sin, to a vice, to a harmless amusement in a relatively short time frame.
The ancient myths were further "alchemized into ideological gold" by their persistent motif of catastrophic loss on the brink of victory (20).
And pressure, it appears, is alchemized in the intersectoral workshops of the global village where new knowledge and fresh resolve sometimes take root, without which the predatory form of capitalism now prowling the world requisitioning laissez-faire welcome mats might already have left behind only a desert.
Jonson implies that 'no less than the gulls, the Blackfriars spectators have been alchemized and thus sets up a 'subversive similarity between the world of the theatre and the world of the city (28).
This is because, as Pankaj Mishra wrote in The New Statesman, Naipaul, unlike Rushdie, has "alchemized the trauma of early poverty and unbelonging into a bristly but always accessible humanism." With the younger writer, you get a politically correct but often hollow, and fleshless, postmodernism.