[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.

Origin of transmogrify

1650–60; earlier also transmigrify, transmography; apparently a pseudo-Latinism with trans-, -ify
Related formstrans·mog·ri·fi·ca·tion, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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Contemporary Examples of transmogrification

  • It was “currently under cannibalization and transmogrification into a very strange movie,” he said then, and that was that.

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    Inside 'The Rum Diary'

    William McKeen

    November 4, 2011

Historical Examples of transmogrification

  • Then the dim, flickering light and the incense of the tobacco accomplished their transmogrification.

    The Bachelors

    William Dana Orcutt

  • Well, I'm blowed, here's a transmogrification; he's consolidified himself into a blessed brick—my eye, here's a curiosity.

    Varney the Vampire

    Thomas Preskett Prest

British Dictionary definitions for transmogrification


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

Word Origin for transmogrify

C17: of unknown origin
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Word Origin and History for transmogrification



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper