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transmogrify

[trans-mog-ruh-fahy, tranz-]
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verb (used with object), trans·mog·ri·fied, trans·mog·ri·fy·ing.
  1. to change in appearance or form, especially strangely or grotesquely; transform.
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Origin of transmogrify

1650–60; earlier also transmigrify, transmography; apparently a pseudo-Latinism with trans-, -ify
Related formstrans·mog·ri·fi·ca·tion, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for transmogrify

transmogrify

verb -fies, -fying or -fied
  1. (tr) jocular to change or transform into a different shape, esp a grotesque or bizarre one
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Derived Formstransmogrification, noun

Word Origin

C17: of unknown origin
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Word Origin and History for transmogrify

v.

"to change completely," 1650s, apparently a perversion of transmigure, from transmigrate, perhaps influenced by modify. Related: Transmogrified; transmogrifying.

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