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transfigure

[trans-fig-yer or, esp. British, -fig-er] /trænsˈfɪg yər or, esp. British, -ˈfɪg ər/
verb (used with object), transfigured, transfiguring.
1.
to change in outward form or appearance; transform.
2.
to change so as to glorify or exalt.
Origin of transfigure
1250-1300
1250-1300; Middle English transfiguren < Latin trānsfigūrāre to change in shape. See trans-, figure
Related forms
transfigurement, noun
untransfigured, adjective
Synonyms
1. transmute, renew.
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  • He looked taller, his face shone with a serenity that seemed to transfigure him.

  • Then amazed recognition, love, happiness, transfigure her face.

    Lost Edward Bellamy
  • 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 Various
  • You must have the imagination of a poet to transfigure them.

    The Autocrat of the Breakfast-Table Oliver Wendell Holmes
  • Let her transfigure the hour of disaster into the hour of deeper consecration.

    The Whole Armour of God John Henry Jowett
  • He could not transfigure the dull and commonplace heads he was to copy.

  • The soul in him never awoke, so as to transfigure his thoughts and purposes.

    Sermons at Rugby John Percival
  • For she saw a flame illumine Luttrell's face and transfigure him.

    The Summons A.E.W. Mason
British Dictionary definitions for transfigure

transfigure

/trænsˈfɪɡə/
verb (usually transitive)
1.
to change or cause to change in appearance
2.
to become or cause to become more exalted
Derived Forms
transfigurement, noun
Word Origin
C13: from Latin transfigūrāre, from trans- + figūra appearance
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Word Origin and History for transfigure
v.

c.1300, from Old French transfigurer (12c.), from Latin transfigurare "change the shape of," from trans- "across" (see trans-) + figurare "to form, fashion," from figura "to form, shape," from figura "a shape, form, figure" (see figure (n.)). Related: Transfigured; transfiguring.

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