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1[mass noun] The action of changing or the state of being changed into another form:‘the transmutation of the political economy of the post-war years was complete’[count noun] ‘grotesque transmutations’
change, changing, transformation, turning, altering, metamorphosis, transfiguration, transmutation, translation, sea changeView synonyms
- ‘But that would require another sort of transmutation.’
- ‘In the historical process, the instinctive drive to change or wish to be part of a massive transmutation of identity inevitably leads to codification.’
- ‘Of course, I can do multiple transmutations at the same time.’
- ‘One of the most private of writers, she has also incorporated part of her past in her stories, over and over again in different transmutations.’
- ‘I realise now that my near Jekyll and Hyde transmutation came about insidiously, like a winter's dawn, a consequence of years of tramping the murky corridors of environmental reporting.’
- ‘They have formed the basis for the English theatrical tradition, and they continue to find realization in readers' imaginations and, in richly varied transmutations, on the world's stages.’
- ‘This transmutation into pole-dancing temptresses doesn't do anything for me.’
- ‘Ethnicity and location have undergone interesting transmutations in contemporary times.’
- ‘The notion of particularity serves both politically and epistemologically to blur the transmutation of socialism back into capitalism.’
- ‘Our evaluations after such transmutation will again be merely perspectives, but their point of view will then be affirmative and affirming.’
- ‘But by now it's too late: the damage done to the original vision by its transmutation into orthodoxy is irreversible.’
- ‘Maisie's ‘wondering’ consciousness becomes the medium of a perverse animation, an uncanny crossover or transmutation between animate and inanimate, person and thing.’
- ‘He seeks symbols for his tragic inner transmutations in the external world.’
- ‘Do we call this transmutation or transubstantiation?’
- ‘When punk rock burns brightly, it is capable of amazing feats of transmutation.’
- ‘If you are not aware, there is no change, no transmutation, no movement.’
- ‘And although she does bring together her diverse selves into an integrated whole, such merging is always subject to further transmutations.’
- ‘The two Latin words interrupt the miraculous transmutation of the classical poet into a speaker of contemporary Italian, creating a sudden lapse in time.’
- ‘The transformation, transmutation really, is fascinating.’
- 1.1Physics The changing of one element into another by radioactive decay, nuclear bombardment, or similar processes.
- ‘In other words, the radioactive atom has undergone a transmutation from one element to another.’
- ‘Because isomer weapons would not involve transmutation of nuclear species, they don't come under the rubric of existing nonproliferation treaties.’
- ‘In 1903, Ernest Rutherford and Frederick Soddy made the astonishing discovery that natural radioactivity involves transmutation.’
- ‘By 1902 Rutherford and his colleague Frederick Soddy were proposing that a different chemical element is formed whenever a radioactive element decays, a process known as transmutation.’
- ‘It's one thing making acid from air and water vapour, quite another for delicate chemical transmutation like this.’
- 1.2Biology historical The conversion or transformation of one species into another.
- ‘The complete transmutation of even one animal species into a different species has never been directly observed either in the laboratory or in the field.’
- ‘So he either has complete fixism of species, or he has transmutation of species.’
- ‘With Darwin we have even more of a puzzle, because we have more evidence in his notebooks on his thoughts about the transmutation of species.’
- ‘He had long believed in the transmutation of species, although he did not initially accept the concept of single progenitor ancestor.’
- ‘The example cited by you, as proof of beneficial mutations (of bacterial resistance to antibiotics) is irrelevant to the Darwinian explanation of the transmutation of species.’
- 1.3 The supposed alchemical process of changing base metals into gold.
- ‘Alchemical symbolism permeates several of Shakespeare's plays; King Lear in particular has been interpreted as an allegory of alchemical transmutation.’
- ‘Among the alchemists's asserted aims were the transmutation of base metals into gold, as well as the preparation of an elixir of longevity and a universal cure for illness.’
- ‘What about psychokinesis, clairvoyance, transmutation, precipitation of matter?’
- ‘The idea of transmutation through alchemy was one that was taken quite seriously and Dee was granted special rights far beyond someone of his standing.’
- ‘The principal goal of alchemists was the conversion or transmutation of base metals like lead into gold.’
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