transfigure

[trans-fig-yer or, esp. British, -fig-er]
verb (used with object), transfigured, transfiguring.
1.
to change in outward form or appearance; transform.
2.
to change so as to glorify or exalt.

Origin:
1250–1300; Middle English transfiguren < Latin trānsfigūrāre to change in shape. See trans-, figure

transfigurement, noun
untransfigured, adjective


1. transmute, renew.
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transfigure (trænsˈfɪɡə)
 
vb
1.  to change or cause to change in appearance
2.  to become or cause to become more exalted
 
[C13: from Latin transfigūrāre, from trans- + figūra appearance]
 
trans'figurement
 
n

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transfigure
c.1300, from O.Fr. transfigurer (12c.), from L. transfigurare "change the shape of," from trans- "across" + figurare "to form, fashion," from figura "form, shape" (see figure). Transfiguration (late 14c.) originally was "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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Example sentences
Mainly an event which hardly anyone noticed at the time: the first, tentative sprouting of an idea which can transfigure humanity.
Spiritual vision is needed to transfigure labor and suffering.
Such bursts of mystical weirdness transfigure what might otherwise be a drifty, if beautifully written, coming-of-age story.
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