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noun [countable/uncountable]     metamorphosis pronunciation in American English
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  1. 1
    formal a major change that makes someone or something very different

    the metamorphosis of this tiny fishing village into an internationally famous holiday resort

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  2. 2
    biology a major change in the physical form of an insect or other animal as it develops

    the metamorphosis of a caterpillar into a butterfly

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     metamorphically pronunciation in American English
/ˌmetəˈmɔrfɪkli/ adverb


to manipulate someone psychologically so that they begin to question their own perceptions and memories

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Dunning-Kruger effect

the phenomenon by which an incompetent person is too incompetent to understand his own incompetence

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