transfiguration

[ trans-fig-yuh-rey-shuh n, trans-fig- ]
/ ˌtræns fɪg yəˈreɪ ʃən, trænsˌfɪg- /

noun

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.

Nearby words

  1. transferential,
  2. transfermium,
  3. transferor,
  4. transferral,
  5. transferrin,
  6. transfigure,
  7. transfinite,
  8. transfinite number,
  9. transfix,
  10. transfixion

Origin of transfiguration

1325–75; Middle English Transfiguracion < Latin trānsfigūrātiōn- (stem of trānsfigūrātiō) change of shape. See transfigure, -ation

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British Dictionary definitions for transfiguration

transfiguration

/ (ˌtrænsfɪɡjʊˈreɪʃən) /

noun

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

Transfiguration

/ (ˌtrænsfɪɡjʊˈreɪʃən) /

noun

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
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Word Origin and History for transfiguration

transfiguration

n.

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.

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