- a striking change, as in appearance, often for the better.
- any major transformation or alteration.
- a transformation brought about by the sea.
Origin of sea change
First recorded in 1600–10
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Examples from the Web for sea change
Despite the hard work of women like Fonda, Archer said, there had been no sea-change in attitudes within the industry.Anne Archer: Women in Hollywood Are Doomed Forever
August 19, 2014
Some 500 miles off the tip of India, the Maldives have gone through a sea-change since 2008, when Nasheed was sworn in.In the Maldives, a Coup in Paradise
Sumon K Chakrabarti
February 9, 2012
It was typical of the sea-change my whole being had undergone.The Retrospect
Like all the rest of us, he, too, had suffered his sea-change and was the better and bigger man for it.Pirates' Hope
But as soon as he had reached the door his manner suffered a sea-change.Cleg Kelly, Arab of the City
S. R. (Samuel Rutherford) Crockett
But doth suffer a sea-change Into something rich and strange.Daisy's Necklace
Thomas Bailey Aldrich
Even the deepening twilight can not disguise the evidences of a terrible “sea-change.”Sword and Gown
George A. Lawrence
- a seemingly magical change, as brought about by the action of the sea
coined by Shakespeare, in Ariel's song ``Full Fathom Five'' in The Tempest (1611)
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