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.

Nearby words

  1. transmittal,
  2. transmittance,
  3. transmittancy,
  4. transmitter,
  5. transmittivity,
  6. transmontane,
  7. transmundane,
  8. transmural,
  9. transmutation,
  10. transmutative

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

/ (trænzˈmɒɡrɪˌfaɪ) /

verb -fies, -fying or -fied

(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 transmogrify

transmogrify

v.

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

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