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metamorphosis (ˌmɛtəˈmɔːfəsɪs Pronunciation for metamorphosis



(plural) -ses  (-ˌsiːz) 
  1. a complete change of physical form or substance
  2. a complete change of character, appearance, etc
  3. a person or thing that has undergone metamorphosis
  4. (zoology) the rapid transformation of a larva into an adult that occurs in certain animals, for example the stage between tadpole and frog or between chrysalis and butterfly

Word Origin

C16: via Latin from Greek: transformation, from meta- + morphē form


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= transformation, conversion, alteration, change, mutation, rebirth, changeover, transfiguration, transmutation, transubstantiation, transmogrification

Translations for 'metamorphosis'

  • British English: metamorphosis When a metamorphosis occurs, a person or thing develops and changes into something completely different. NOUN...his metamorphosis from one extreme to the other.
  • Brazilian Portuguese: metamorfose
  • Chinese: 变质变變质質
  • European Spanish: metamorfosis
  • French: métamorphose
  • German: Verwandlung
  • Italian: metamorfosi
  • Japanese: 大変貌
  • Korean: 변모
  • Portuguese: metamorfose
  • Spanish: metamorfosis

Example Sentences Including 'metamorphosis'

But the movies changed my life in the Sixties and early Seventies, and this is a celebration of that heady metamorphosis.
John Walsh ARE YOU TALKING TO ME?: A Life Through the Movies (2004)
During the remainder of the interview the whole character of the man in grey had undergone a metamorphosis.
Meek, M R D In Remembrance of Rose
He has dubbed his metamorphosis orchestra the Canadian Chamber Orchestra, with a view to travelling to other countries.
Edmonton Sun (2003)
Her metamorphosis into a socially acceptable human being was completed with an invitation to a dinner party at number two.
Various Looking For the Spark
In the next four days that Livy spent with them, Ginny witnessed a metamorphosis.
Gaskin, Catherine The Ambassador's Women
Radiohead, already notorious for reinventing its sound with each of its six albums, is preparing for yet another metamorphosis.
Edmonton Sun (2003)
Sorry, his metamorphosis slipped me by; how has he developed?
Times, Sunday Times (2001)
The internet is described as "the golem's last metamorphosis , a global brain able to take over from man".
Times, Sunday Times (2002)
The metamorphosis from indie choirboy into the star of some melancholy goth opera is due to new album'I To Sky '.
NME (New Musical Express) (2002)


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