He was still smiling, it was a smile of amusement, but it was as if amusement could be transmuted into some shining glory.
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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