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Borrowed from Latin cōnfectus, past participle of cōnficere, from com- (together) + facere (to make). Akin to comfit. See also confection.



confect (third-person singular simple present confects, present participle confecting, simple past and past participle confected)

  1. (transitive) To make up, prepare, or compound; to produce by combining ingredients or materials; to concoct.
    The woman confected a home remedy for the traveler's illness.
    The young bride's friends confected a dress from odds and ends of fabric.
    • Stirling
      [My joys] are still confected with some fears.
    • 1629, Sir Thomas Herbert, Travels in Persia
      Of this were confected the famous everlasting lamps and tapers.
  2. (transitive, obsolete) To make into a confection; to prepare as a candy, sweetmeat, preserve, or the like.


confect (plural confects)

  1. (obsolete) A rich, sweet, food item made of flavored sugar and often combined with fruit or nuts; a confection, comfit.
    • Harvey
      At supper eat a pippin roasted and sweetened with sugar of roses and caraway confects.
    • 1889, Arthur Conan Doyle, Micah Clarke, Chapter 1
      She made salves and eyewaters, powders and confects, cordials and persico, orangeflower water and cherry brandy, each in its due season, and all of the best.

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