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[trans-fig-yer or, esp. British, -fig-er] /trænsˈfɪg yər or, esp. British, -ˈfɪg ər/
verb (used with object), transfigured, transfiguring.
to change in outward form or appearance; transform.
to change so as to glorify or exalt.
Origin of transfigure
1250-1300; Middle English transfiguren < Latin trānsfigūrāre to change in shape. See trans-, figure
Related forms
transfigurement, noun
untransfigured, adjective
1. transmute, renew. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for transfigure
  • Mainly an event which hardly anyone noticed at the time: the first, tentative sprouting of an idea which can transfigure humanity.
  • Such bursts of mystical weirdness transfigure what might otherwise be a drifty, if beautifully written, coming-of-age story.
  • Spiritual vision is needed to transfigure labor and suffering.
British Dictionary definitions for transfigure


verb (usually transitive)
to change or cause to change in appearance
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

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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