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Word of the Day
Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Definitions for transfigure

  1. to change in outward form or appearance; transform.
  2. to change so as to glorify or exalt.

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Citations for transfigure
The uprolled clouds and the colors of morning and evening will transfigure maples and alders. Ralph Waldo Emerson, Nature, 1836
If ever he tries to transfigure a woman, he will not transfigure her as cruelly as Picasso does, bending and twisting her body like metal in a fiery furnace. Writers are not like painters anyway: they are more dogged, more subtle. J. M. Coetzee, Youth: Scenes from a Provincial Life II, 2002
Origin of transfigure
Transfigure came to English in the 14th century from the Latin trānsfigūrāre meaning "to change in shape."