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Alteration vs Transmutation - What's the difference?

alteration | transmutation |

As nouns the difference between alteration and transmutation

is that alteration is the act of altering or making different while transmutation is change, alteration.




(en noun)
  • The act of altering or making different.
  • * 1594 , , Of the Laws of Ecclesiastical Polity ,
  • alteration , though it be from worse to better, hath in it inconveniences…
  • The state of being altered; a change made in the form or nature of a thing; changed condition.
  • * 1892 , ,
  • …and I saw by the alteration in your face that a train of thought had been started.
    (Webster 1913)





    (en noun)
  • (obsolete) Change, alteration.
  • The conversion of one thing into something else; transformation.
  • (alchemy) Specifically, the supposed transformation of one element into another, especially of a base metal into gold.
  • * 1971 , , Religion and the Decline of Magic , Folio Society 2012, p. 261:
  • The transmutation of metals was secondary to the main aim, which was the spiritual transformation of the adept.
  • (physics) The actual transformation of one element into another by a nuclear reaction.