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American Dictionary of the English Language

Webster's Dictionary 1828

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Transmute


TRANSMU'TE, verb transitive [Latin transmuto; trans and muto, to change.]

To change from one nature or substance into another. Water may be transmuted into ice, and ice into water; the juices of plants are transmuted into solid substances; but human skill has not been able to transmute lead or copper into gold.

A holy conscience sublimates every thing; it transmutes the common affairs of life into acts of solemn worship to God.

The caresses of parents and the blandishments of friends, transmute us into idols.