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transmogrify

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verb trans·mog·ri·fy \tran(t)s-ˈmä-grə-ˌfī, tranz-\

Definition of transmogrify

trans·mog·ri·fiedtrans·mog·ri·fy·ing

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to change or alter greatly and often with grotesque or humorous effect

  3. intransitive verb
  4. :  to become transmogrified

trans·mog·ri·fi·ca·tion play \(ˌ)tran(t)s-ˌmä-grə-fə-ˈkā-shən, (ˌ)tranz-\ noun


Origin of transmogrify

origin unknown


First Known Use: 1656

Synonym Discussion of transmogrify

transform, metamorphose, transmute, convert, transmogrify, transfigure mean to change a thing into a different thing. transform implies a major change in form, nature, or function <transformed a small company into a corporate giant>. metamorphose suggests an abrupt or startling change induced by or as if by magic or a supernatural power <awkward girls metamorphosed into graceful ballerinas>. transmute implies transforming into a higher element or thing <attempted to transmute lead into gold>. convert implies a change fitting something for a new or different use or function <converted the study into a nursery>. transmogrify suggests a strange or preposterous metamorphosis <a story in which a frog is transmogrified into a prince>. transfigure implies a change that exalts or glorifies <joy transfigured her face>.

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