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metamorphosis (ˌmɛtəˈmɔːfəsɪs



(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


View thesaurus entry
= transformation, conversion, alteration, change, mutation, rebirth, changeover, transfiguration, transmutation, transubstantiation, transmogrification (humorous)

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'

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
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


Comment by Childeater on 10 Feb 2015

The audio pronunciation and the IPA are different.

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