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Daemon
Posted: Sunday, March 30, 2014 12:00:00 AM
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transmogrify

(verb) Change completely the nature or appearance of.

Synonyms: metamorphose, transfigure

Usage: In Franz Kafka's story "The Metamorphosis," a human being transmogrifies into a bug.
mangezi
Posted: Sunday, March 30, 2014 12:35:53 AM

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I will make this my word of the year, so far. Had never met it before. Good word though.
Surajyusuf
Posted: Sunday, March 30, 2014 4:59:16 AM
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The weather of transmograpic city was so cold
TheParser
Posted: Sunday, March 30, 2014 5:22:37 AM
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Many of our politicians find it very difficult to transmogrify from being people who can make great speeches into people who can actually accomplish great things.
Surajyusuf
Posted: Sunday, March 30, 2014 6:20:43 AM
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The weather now has transmografies in the evening.
curmudgeonine
Posted: Sunday, March 30, 2014 8:58:36 AM

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I've only heard it used in 'transmogrification', and was aware that it meant some sort of drastic change
Alice M Toaster
Posted: Sunday, March 30, 2014 9:26:29 AM

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I didn't realize that this is a real word!
The ngram is interesting...
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Marguerite
Posted: Sunday, March 30, 2014 11:52:31 AM

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Thank you, Parser, for the best sentence that drives home the meaning of transmogrify, a word I never thought to use but just did.
monamagda
Posted: Sunday, March 30, 2014 12:21:17 PM

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Word History: The best guess yet is that today's Good Word is a humorous mispronunciation of trans- + modify. In fact, the word transmodify exists, and may have been contemporary to transmogrify. The prefix trans- is used in two other words with essentially the same meaning as today's word: transform and transmute, so its appearance in our word comes as no great surprise. It is in fact a Latin prefix: trans- "across, through". It comes from the same Proto-Indo-European source as English through and thorough. It is also the source of English thrill, for in Old English thyrlian meant "pierce (through)". The noun from this verb, thyrel, meant "hole", and ended up in nostril. (This word was originally suggested by Chris Stewart, but when Perry Lassiter suggested it again recently, I decided to rewrite it and propose a different origin.)
Dr. Goodword, alphaDictionary.com
monamagda
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In Play: The -mogrify in this word connotes something rather scary, so this word is often associated with a change for the worse: "When Dr. Jekyll took his potion, it transmogrified him into the monster, Mr. Hyde." However, don't be frightened to use it in other contexts; just avoid using it to indicate slight changes: "Cocoons transmogrify caterpillars into beautiful butterflies." (Dr. Goodword AlphaDictionary)
108amitabha
Posted: Sunday, March 30, 2014 12:43:18 PM

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I am afraid this is a word rarely used. While this definitely improves one's vocabulary but has very limited option in its application. The logic of selecting words by "The free Dictionary' to educate people at large should be based more on its present usage and not to come out with a bombastic word which has no utility at all.
Luker4
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mustafa barakat 1
Posted: Monday, March 31, 2014 6:55:57 PM

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TheParser wrote:
Many of our politicians find it very difficult to transmogrify from being peo
Thanks friend , you have expressed it so lucidly.

ple who can make great speeches into people who can actually accomplish great things.
Alice M Toaster
Posted: Tuesday, April 1, 2014 9:08:42 AM

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monamagda wrote:
Word History: The best guess yet is that today's Good Word is a humorous mispronunciation of trans- + modify. In fact, the word transmodify exists, and may have been contemporary to transmogrify... Dr. Goodword, alphaDictionary.com


I've not found "transmodify" in any dictionaries, and it doesn't come up on the Ngram viewer.
When I typed in "transmodify definition," I was asked if I meant to say "transmogrify."

It does exist, however, as a card in the trading card game, "Yu-Gi-Oh!"
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