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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. 2017.
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  • The transfiguration spells out God's dire extremity in getting a footing in human hearts and brains for His plans.

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

    The Squirrel-Cage Dorothy Canfield
  • The central chapel, that of the transfiguration, is the oldest, the Royal Doors are of primitive type.

    The Story of Moscow Wirt Gerrare
  • She moved up to him and looked at him with an affection that was a transfiguration.

    Gilian The Dreamer Neil Munro
  • And always the light of the transfiguration burned on in their hearts.

    The Rainbow D. H. (David Herbert) Lawrence
  • Do you know where the Church of the transfiguration is located?

    The Last Woman Ross Beeckman
  • The tribune mosaic is of the founder's time, and represents the transfiguration and Annunciation.

    Rambles in Rome S. Russell Forbes
  • But why did you drive to the Church of the transfiguration, at all?

    The Last Woman Ross Beeckman
  • The change is indeed so great, the transfiguration so complete, that they seize on the strongest language in which to state it.

  • He had stood on the Mount of transfiguration and looked into the eyes of spiritual love.

    Flint Maud Wilder Goodwin
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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