[trans-fig-yer or, esp. British, -fig-er]
- to change in outward form or appearance; transform.
- to change so as to glorify or exalt.
Origin of transfigure
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1. transmute, renew.
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Examples from the Web for transfigure
So neither polling nor political theory can transfigure the human heart or orient our minds toward the brotherhood of man?Dear Frank Luntz: Here’s How to Be Happy Again
January 8, 2014
He looked taller, his face shone with a serenity that seemed to transfigure him.Abbe Mouret's Transgression
Then amazed recognition, love, happiness, transfigure her face.Lost
It is here to transfigure all; we must accept with it the merer things it glorifies.Browning's Heroines
Ethel Colburn Mayne
She believes in her power to renew and transfigure them, to achieve in them a moral miracle.Lux Mundi
You must have the imagination of a poet to transfigure them.The Autocrat of the Breakfast-Table
Oliver Wendell Holmes
- to change or cause to change in appearance
- to become or cause to become more exalted
C13: from Latin transfigūrāre, from trans- + figūra appearance
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Word Origin and History for transfigure
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