- Over-refined; (of ideas, expressions etc.) excessively stylised.
1896, Henry James, Glasses:
- 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. He simply and undramatically didn't....
- 1978, Lawrence Durrell, Livia, Faber & Faber 1992 (Avignon Quintet), p. 321:
- Blanford could hear his creation tearing open a bag of potato chips and starting to champ them as he reflected furiously upon these all too alembicated ideas.