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transfiguration (n.)

late 14c., from Latin transfigurationem (nominative transfiguratio) "a change of form," noun of action from past-participle stem of transfigurare ""change the shape of" (see transfigure). In English, originally "the change in appearance of Christ before his disciples" (Matthew xvii.2; Mark ix.2, 3). The non-Christian sense is first recorded 1540s.

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Definitions of transfiguration from WordNet
1
transfiguration (n.)
a striking change in appearance or character or circumstances;
Synonyms: metamorphosis
transfiguration (n.)
the act of transforming so as to exalt or glorify;
2
Transfiguration (n.)
(Christianity) a church festival held in commemoration of the Transfiguration of Jesus;
Synonyms: Transfiguration Day / August "
Transfiguration (n.)
(New Testament) the sudden emanation of radiance from the person of Jesus;
Synonyms: Transfiguration of Jesus
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