metamorphosis

In Kafka's novel entitled Metamorphosis, a man wakes up to find he has turned into a cockroach. That kind of complete and startling change pretty much sums up the word.

When a caterpillar becomes a butterfly, it goes through a metamorphosis. An idea can undergo metamorphosis, or metamorphosize, too as can feelings. After you spend a full summer with your grandmother, your feelings about the woman may undergo a complete metamorphosis. While you were once afraid of the old woman, you now love her dearly.

DEFINITIONS OF: metamorphosis

1

n a striking change in appearance or character or circumstances

“the metamorphosis of the old house into something new and exciting”
Synonyms:
transfiguration
Type of:
alteration, revision
the act of revising or altering (involving reconsideration and modification)

n a complete change of physical form or substance especially as by magic or witchcraft

Type of:
transformation, translation
the act of changing in form or shape or appearance

n the marked and rapid transformation of a larva into an adult that occurs in some animals

Synonyms:
metabolism
Types:
hemimetabolism, hemimetaboly, hemimetamorphosis
incomplete or partial metamorphosis in insects
heterometabolism, heterometaboly
development of insects with incomplete metamorphosis in which no pupal stage precedes maturity
holometabolism, holometaboly
complete metamorphosis in insects
Type of:
biological process, organic process
a process occurring in living organisms
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