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alchemy (noun) (old belief) the chemical process which was believed to change ordinary metals into gold; a mysterious power which can cause surprising changes.

People in the Middle Ages in Europe believed that a chemical process could be developed to change ordinary metals into gold. This process was named alchemy. This belief continued for a long time. A number of people persisted in the experiments for a long time, only to be disappointed.

  • A number of people in the Middle Ages were duped by those who made false claims to have a knowledge of alchemy.
  • Her personal charm worked like alchemy on the rough and rude man. The minute she began to talk he turned gentle and courteous.
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