transmogrify

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v transmogrify change completely the nature or appearance of "In Kafka's story, a person metamorphoses into a bug","The treatment and diet transfigured her into a beautiful young woman","Jesus was transfigured after his resurrection"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • v. t Transmogrify To change into a different shape; to transform.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • transmogrify To transform into some other person or thing, as by magic; convert or transform in general.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Transmogrify trans-mog′ri-fī (coll.) to transform into something else, as by magic
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
A humorous coinage

Usage

In literature:

Julia had changed little; for in her case, neither marriage nor maternity had laid its transmogrifying, touch upon her.
"Angel Island" by Inez Haynes Gillmore
It was Mr. Moze's habit of mind that dominated and transmogrified the whole interior, giving it the quality of a mausoleum.
"The Lion's Share" by E. Arnold Bennett
I am the same, I can assure you, Seaworth; rather transmogrified as to my outward man, I own.
"Mark Seaworth" by William H.G. Kingston
A few minutes later I emerged from my cave, a transmogrified being.
"The Portal of Dreams" by Charles Neville Buck
It is not much sooner conceived than it is transmogrified into a fear.
"Doctor Cupid" by Rhoda Broughton
This portrait was transmogrified into the five cent stamp.
"History of the Postage Stamps of the United States of America" by John Kerr Tiffany
Her one fear was that Evelyn would remark on her own costume transmogrified for Sylvia's benefit.
"A Very Naughty Girl" by L. T. Meade
The officers too were transmogrified.
"South Africa and the Transvaal War, Vol. 3 (of 6)" by Louis Creswicke
Then, the whole face of London seemed transmogrified.
"South Africa and the Transvaal War, Vol. V (of VI)" by Louis Creswicke
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In news:

If you've been dreaming of a way to transmogrify that stack of books by the bed into one managable volume, or an enchanted carry-on that won't burst bearing the burden of all the travel guides you lugged to your last vacation.
Word comes from the great state of California that Gore Vidal, literary politician, has once again transmogrified into Gore Vidal, professional politician.
Unless you are a law professor or an avid video war games fan you probably haven't had occasion to use the word "transmogrified".
He is a sleaze bag transmogrified into not only a hero but a saint.
Guitar superhero Zakk Wylde has been transmogrified into a puppet in the new 'Question of the Episode' segment of a Foam Foolery cartoon.
What started out as a not-so-serious diversion involving members some of the Midwest's most popular bands has transmogrified into on of the Midwest's most popular bands.
And when, then, the imagination is transmogrified in circles of hatred, circles of vengeance and killing, of stealing and deceit.
Visibility Antarctic weather can change in an instant, with a perfectly sunny day transmogrifying into a blizzard that lasts three to five days and packs winds of up to 90 mph.
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