sea changesea change
an essential or notable transformation
Origin of sea changeused by Shakespeare in The Tempest, I, ii (1610)
- A change caused by the sea: “Of his bones are coral made: / Those are pearls that were his eyes: / Nothing of him that doth fade, / But doth suffer a sea change” (Shakespeare).
- A marked transformation: “The script suffered considerable sea changes, particularly in structure” (Harold Pinter).
(plural sea changes)
- (idiomatic) A profound transformation.
- Public opinion has undergone a sea change since the 2002 elections.
From Shakespeare's The Tempest, 1, ii.