transmogrify

[ trans-mog-ruh-fahy, tranz- ]
/ trænsˈmɒg rəˌfaɪ, trænz- /

verb (used with object), trans·mog·ri·fied, trans·mog·ri·fy·ing.

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

OTHER WORDS FROM transmogrify

trans·mog·ri·fi·ca·tion, noun
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Example sentences from the Web for transmogrify

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

    Inside 'The Rum Diary'|William McKeen|November 4, 2011|DAILY BEAST
  • 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
  • Then the dim, flickering light and the incense of the tobacco accomplished their transmogrification.

    The Bachelors|William Dana Orcutt

British Dictionary definitions for transmogrify

transmogrify
/ (trænzˈmɒɡrɪˌfaɪ) /

verb -fies, -fying or -fied

(tr) jocular to change or transform into a different shape, esp a grotesque or bizarre one

Derived forms of transmogrify

transmogrification, noun

Word Origin for transmogrify

C17: of unknown origin
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