self-trans·​for·​ma·​tion ˌself-ˌtran(t)s-fər-ˈmā-shən How to pronounce self-transformation (audio)
plural self-transformations
: the act, process, or result of transforming oneself
And then, like an epiphany, [Cindy] Fricke's self-acceptance sparked self-transformation. … Fricke lost 130 pounds in one year, while feeling "this time was different."Cate Jones
Ahead is my step-by-step guide for going on your own journey of self-transformation, without the fear of having to shave your whole head after a slip of the scissors.Maia Rabenold
especially : a transforming of one's own thoughts, actions, or behavior
spiritual self-transformation
My abiding faith in the possibility of self-transformation propelled me from one therapist to the next … Daphne Merkin
self-transformational adjective
self-transformational experiences
self-transformative adjective
a self-transformative process
self-transforming adjective
… cosmetic surgery, fad diets and other self-transforming regimes … Alexander Fury

Examples of self-transformation in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web No formal experiment was conducted to verify this, but the book applied this 21-day timeline to self-transformation in many other wide-ranging aspects of life. Jocelyn Solis-Moreira, Scientific American, 24 Jan. 2024 His climb was meant to crown a season of self-transformation. Tad Friend, The New Yorker, 4 Dec. 2023 The book is, in equal parts, a memoir, a design journal, a travel guide, a blueprint for starting one’s own business, and even a guide to adopting a spiritual practice, which became an integral—if unexpected—component of Martin’s own self-transformation and assimilation abroad. Laura Neilson, Vogue, 17 Oct. 2023 Shifting gears towards Speak Now (Taylor’s Version), ditches 1989‘s self-transformations and whirlwind romance snapshots for Speak Now‘s similar, much younger, navigations of early adulthood and all that entails. Larisha Paul, Rolling Stone, 17 Mar. 2023 This is a hymn to restlessness and self-transformation. Michael Stillwell, Town & Country, 14 Mar. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1835, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of self-transformation was in 1835

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“Self-transformation.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Mar. 2024.

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