Word of the Day: Transmogrify


According to Merriam-Webster, transmogrify means:

  • to change or alter greatly and often with grotesque or humorous effect

Ayelet Waldman wrote:

As a novelist, I mined my history, my family and my memory, but in a very specific way. Writing fiction, I never made use of experiences immediately as they happened. I needed to let things fester in my memory, mature and transmogrify into something meaningful.

I might use the word transmogrify in a sentence like this:

In the butcher’s gnarled hands, the cleaver transmogrified into a bloodied, murderous instrument of death.

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