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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.
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 for transfigured
  • Middle-aged slatterns were transfigured, their cares seemingly forgotten, as they swaggered seductively on to the floor.
  • Religion of every kind involves the promise that the misery and futility of existence can be overcome or even transfigured.
  • And the keen waves kindled and quickened, as things transfigured or things distraught.
British Dictionary definitions for transfigured


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 transfigured
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.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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