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Monday, June 27, 2016

Definitions for transmogrify

  1. to change in appearance or form, especially strangely or grotesquely; transform.

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Citations for transmogrify
How strangely can that miscreant enchanter, who is my enemy, transmogrify things to thwart me? Know, Sancho, that it is a very easy matter for necromancers to make us assume what shapes they please; and the malicious wretch who persecutes me, envying the glory I should have gained in this battle, hath doubtless metamorphosed the squadrons of the foe, into flocks of sheep … Miguel de Cervantes (1547-1616), translated by Tobias Smollett, Don Quixote, 1755
I loved my boyfriend so tenderly, I thought I must transmogrify into vapor. It would take spectroscopic analysis to locate my molecules in thin air. Annie Dillard, An American Childhood, 1987
Origin of transmogrify
1650-1660
Transmogrify is of uncertain origin. It came into popular usage in the mid-1600s.