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transfiguration

[trans-fig-yuh-rey-shuh n, trans-fig-] /ˌtræns fɪg yəˈreɪ ʃən, trænsˌfɪg-/
noun
1.
the act of transfiguring.
2.
the state of being transfigured.
3.
(initial capital letter) the supernatural and glorified change in the appearance of Jesus on the mountain. Matt. 17:1–9.
4.
(initial capital letter) the church festival commemorating this, observed on August 6.
Origin
1325-1375
1325-75; Middle English Transfiguracion < Latin trānsfigūrātiōn- (stem of trānsfigūrātiō) change of shape. See transfigure, -ation
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Examples from the web for transfiguration
  • One could not help admiring the radical simplicity of this instant transfiguration.
  • For the brief space that it lasted, it was a dark transfiguration.
  • As transfiguration highlights, this does not mean that this will be exactly the same kind of body.
  • To seek divine inspiration both for and through the transfiguration of the body is a fundamental principle in his work.
British Dictionary definitions for transfiguration

transfiguration

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

Transfiguration

/ˌtrænsfɪɡjʊˈreɪʃən/
noun
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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Word Origin and History for 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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