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sea change

noun

Simple Definition of sea change

  • : a big and sudden change

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of sea change

  1. 1 archaic :  a change brought about by the sea

  2. 2 :  a marked change :  transformation <a sea change in public policy>

Did You Know?

In Shakespeare's The Tempest, a sea-change is a change brought about by sea: Full fathom five thy father lies ... / Nothing of him that doth fade / But doth suffer a sea-change. This meaning is the original one, but it's now archaic. Long after sea change had gained its figurative meaning, however, writers continued to allude to Shakespeare's literal one; Charles Dickens, Henry David Thoreau, and P.G. Wodehouse all used the term as an object of the verb suffer.

1612

First Known Use of sea change

1612



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