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. noun
    a striking change in appearance or character or circumstances
    “the metamorphosis of the old house into something new and exciting”
    synonyms: transfiguration
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    type of:
    alteration, revision
    the act of revising or altering (involving reconsideration and modification)
  2. noun
    a complete change of physical form or substance especially as by magic or witchcraft
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    type of:
    transformation, translation
    the act of changing in form or shape or appearance
  3. noun
    the marked and rapid transformation of a larva into an adult that occurs in some animals
    synonyms: metabolism
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    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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