American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To change into a wholly different form or appearance; transform: "His eyes turned bloodshot, and he was metamorphosed into a raging fiend” ( Jack London).
- v. To subject to metamorphosis or metamorphism.
- v. To be changed or transformed by or as if by metamorphosis or metamorphism. See Synonyms at convert.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A transformation in shape or character; metamorphosis.
- To change into a different form; alter or modify the shape or character of; transform; transmute.
- Synonyms Transmute, etc. See transform.
- v. of a moth or insect to undergo metamorphosis
- v. to transform (something) into a completely different appearance
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. To change into a different form; to transform; to transmute.
- n. Same as metamorphosis.
- v. change in outward structure or looks
- v. change completely the nature or appearance of
- French métamorphoser, from Old French, from metamorphose, metamorphosis, from Latin metamorphōsis; see metamorphosis. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“This helped my pain metamorphose into something less personal and more universal, something organic and natural.”
“I've always functioned under the impression that part of being a good citizen is caring for our fellow citizens, but to hear the pundit class parse and metamorphose this issue from a moral imperative into a collision of classes, it's apparently anything but.”
“As the day progressed, "The Maltese Unicorn" began to metamorphose from joke to viable story concept.”
“From the smoldering remains of the destruction, Cortés built two of what were to metamorphose in the future as Cuernavaca's main tourist attractions: the Palacio de Cortés (now a history museum) and the Catedral de la Asunción.”
“Most important, Slawenski is able to answer a literary question Hamilton posed in 1988: How did the post-war author of such lax, immature stories as the ones published in Cosmopolitan and Good Housekeeping metamorphose into the ironic, controlled creator of "For Esme" and other masterworks in "Nine Stories"?”
“Not only do people appear to adopt an online persona which simply does not sit with the real life person behind the username, but I have definitely noticed that for some of the trolls, the waves of vitriol and bile, if left unchecked, can metamorphose into an enormous tsunami of poisonous hatred and abuse beyond what can ever be acceptable either morally or legally.”
“The first might be called "slip-sliding into conflagration," and World War I not that any dust-up between Iran and its adversaries will metamorphose into a global conflict is an exemplar.”
“Several moments recall War Horse which Morris co-directed – especially the fabulously sinister, perfectly observed cormorant puppets, with bin-liner wings, who steal Roger's toast and metamorphose into grim reapers with scythes for beaks.”
“Still, Vaughan does a commendable job, embodying the sense of how fan worship can metamorphose into sexual desire.”
“I want it to metamorphose a little before it reaches the page.”
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Words that are just fun to say. Entirely subjective, but I like 'em regardless. A complement to the list They Stumble Off The Tongue.
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