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
Transfigure came to English in the 14th century from the Latin trānsfigūrāre meaning "to change in shape."