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Some who age their own beer may take a page from the wine lover’s handbook and hoard bottles in home cellars, shepherding their treasures carefully into the future as time and oxygen transmogrify the ales.
A transmogrified BMW 850 boasts a V-12 engine that now belts out 475 horsepower.
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Did You Know?
We know that the prefix trans- means "across" or "beyond" and appears in many words that evoke change, such as "transform" and "transpire," but we don't know the exact origins of "transmogrify." The 17th-century dramatist, novelist, and poet Aphra Behn, who is regarded as England's first female professional writer, was among the first English authors to use the word. In her 1671 comic play The Amorous Prince, Behn wrote, "I wou'd Love would transmogriphy me to a maid now." A century later, Scottish poet Robert Burns plied the word again in verse, aptly capturing the grotesque and sometimes humorous effect of transmogrification: "Social life and Glee sit down, . . . Till, quite transmugrify'd, they're grown Debauchery and Drinking."
Origin and Etymology of transmogrify
First Known Use: 1656See Words from the same year
Synonym Discussion of transmogrify
- transformed a small company into a corporate giant
- awkward girls metamorphosed into graceful ballerinas
- attempted to transmute lead into gold
- converted the study into a nursery
- a story in which a frog is transmogrified into a prince
- joy transfigured her face
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