Am not I Christopher Sly, old Sly’s son of Burton-heath; by birth a pedlar, by education a card-maker, by transmutation a bear-herd, and now by present profession a tinker?
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Bricks transmute into powder.
Anthony Doerr -- All the Light We Cannot See
It is true that as the war ground on and devastated a widening swath of the South, the initial patriotism and ideological commitment of many Confederate soldiers became transmuted into hatred and a passion for revenge.
James M. McPherson -- What They Fought For - 1861-1865