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WORD ORIGIN

late 14c., from Old French transmutation (12c.), from Late Latin transmutationem (nominative transmutatio) "a change, shift," noun of action from Latin transmutare "change from one condition to another," from trans- "thoroughly" (see trans-) + mutare "to change" (see mutable). A word from alchemy.

Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.