Etymology
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transfigure (v.)

early 13c., from Old French transfigurer "change, transform" (12c.), and directly from Latin transfigurare "change the shape of," from trans "across, beyond" (see trans-) + figurare "to form, fashion," from figura "to form, shape," from figura "a shape, form, figure" (from PIE root *dheigh- "to form, build"). Related: Transfigured; transfiguring.

updated on May 23, 2017

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Definitions of transfigure from WordNet

transfigure (v.)
elevate or idealize, in allusion to Christ's transfiguration;
Synonyms: glorify / spiritualize
transfigure (v.)
change completely the nature or appearance of;
Jesus was transfigured after his resurrection
The treatment and diet transfigured her into a beautiful young woman
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