[ trans-fig-yuh-rey-shuhn, trans-fig- ]
See synonyms for transfiguration on
  1. the act of transfiguring.

  2. the state of being transfigured.

  1. (initial capital letter) the supernatural and glorified change in the appearance of Jesus on the mountain. Matthew 17:1–9.

  2. (initial capital letter) the church festival commemorating this, observed on August 6.

Origin of transfiguration

First recorded in 1325–75; Middle English Transfiguracion, from Latin trānsfigūrātiōn- (stem of trānsfigūrātiō ) “change of shape”; see origin at transfigure, -ation

Words Nearby transfiguration Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use transfiguration in a sentence

  • The open-world adventure game is set in the 1800s, and beyond attending transfiguration classes and petting your owl, you’ll get to decide whether you dabble in dark magic.

    The 40 Most Anticipated Video Games of 2022 | Eliana Dockterman | January 7, 2022 | Time
  • And this slow transfiguration reached her heart, and played upon it, and transpierced it with a serious thrill.

    English: Composition and Literature | W. F. (William Franklin) Webster
  • Furthermore, with the death of Albert Pike the cultus of Lucifer is said to have undergone a significant transfiguration.

    Devil-Worship in France | Arthur Edward Waite
  • The transfiguration, I think, will make a stare in England!'

    Art in England | Dutton Cook
  • And then she shut her eyes again, the better to remember that transfiguration of his face, the better to betray herself.

British Dictionary definitions for transfiguration (1 of 2)


/ (ˌtrænsfɪɡjʊˈreɪʃən) /

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

British Dictionary definitions for Transfiguration (2 of 2)


/ (ˌtrænsfɪɡjʊˈreɪʃən) /

  1. New Testament the change in the appearance of Christ that took place before three disciples (Matthew 17:1–9)

  2. the Church festival held in commemoration of this on Aug 6

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