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[trans-fig-yuh-rey-shuh n, trans-fig-] /ˌtræns fɪg yəˈreɪ ʃən, trænsˌfɪg-/
the act of transfiguring.
the state of being transfigured.
(initial capital letter) the supernatural and glorified change in the appearance of Jesus on the mountain. Matt. 17:1–9.
(initial capital letter) the church festival commemorating this, observed on August 6.
Origin of transfiguration
1325-75; Middle English Transfiguracion < Latin trānsfigūrātiōn- (stem of trānsfigūrātiō) change of shape. See transfigure, -ation Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for transfiguration
Historical Examples
  • The transfiguration then was the divine defiance of the coming darkness.

    Miracles of Our Lord George MacDonald
  • The transfiguration, by Raphael, is an eminent example of this peculiar merit.

    Essays, First Series Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • She moved up to him and looked at him with an affection that was a transfiguration.

    Gilian The Dreamer Neil Munro
  • The transfiguration, I think, will make a stare in England!'

    Art in England

    Dutton Cook
  • Do you know where the Church of the transfiguration is located?

    The Last Woman

    Ross Beeckman
  • But why did you drive to the Church of the transfiguration, at all?

    The Last Woman

    Ross Beeckman
  • He was not conscious of her transfiguration, and she dropped her eyes for fear of showing it.

    The Lowest Rung

    Mary Cholmondeley
  • I think he is; and have never disguised my opinion about the "transfiguration."

    The Christmas Books William Makepeace Thackeray
  • Thus, without any trouble, he could appear with Elijah on the Mount of transfiguration.

  • In a period of time incalculably short, transfiguration had come to her.

    The Squirrel-Cage Dorothy Canfield
British Dictionary definitions for transfiguration


the act or an instance of transfiguring or the state of being transfigured


(New Testament) the change in the appearance of Christ that took place before three disciples (Matthew 17:1–9)
the Church festival held in commemoration of this on Aug 6
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for transfiguration

late 14c., from Latin transfigurationem, noun of action from past participle stem of transfigurare (see transfigure). In English, originally "the change in appearance of Christ before his disciples" (Matt. xvii:2; Mark ix:2,3). The non-Christian sense is first recorded 1540s.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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