[ 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

Other words from transmogrify

  • trans·mog·ri·fi·ca·tion, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use transmogrify in a sentence

  • 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 | THE 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
  • He has undergone the same transmogrification that befell Vergil.

  • Now they were submitting themselves to this deforming discipline, undergoing this devilish transmogrification.

    Jimmie Higgins | Upton Sinclair
  • Then the dim, flickering light and the incense of the tobacco accomplished their transmogrification.

    The Bachelors | William Dana Orcutt

British Dictionary definitions for transmogrify


/ (trænzˈmɒɡrɪˌfaɪ) /

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

Origin of transmogrify

C17: of unknown origin

Derived forms of transmogrify

  • transmogrification, noun

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