Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A change caused by the sea: "Of his bones are coral made:/Those are pearls that were his eyes:/Nothing of him that doth fade,/But doth suffer a sea change” ( Shakespeare).
  • n. A marked transformation: "The script suffered considerable sea changes, particularly in structure” ( Harold Pinter).

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  • n. A profound transformation.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a profound transformation

Etymologies

From Shakespeare's The Tempest, 1, ii. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Essentially a moral man, his rigid New England morality has suffered a sea change and developed into the morality of the master-man of affairs, equally rigid, equally uncompromising, but essentially Jesuitical in that he believes in doing wrong that right may come of it.

    THEFT

  • Although Dr. Remen was also the only woman so honored, I couldn’t help noticing that the majority of people in the room championing this sea change in medical consciousness were themselves women.

    Manifesting Michelangelo

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  • Hah! So 'tis, John!

    October 20, 2009

  • sweet tooth fairy!

    October 20, 2009

  • But, but... that would surely be a deep sea change.

    October 20, 2009

  • "A profound transformation." --WordNet

    October 20, 2009

  • Lovely citation, thanks vpl.

    December 4, 2007

  • Full fathom five thy father lies;
    Of his bones are coral made;
    Those are pearls that were his eyes;
    Nothing of him that does fade,
    But doth suffer a sea-change
    Into something rich and strange.
    from The Tempest by William Shakespeare

    December 4, 2007