Definition of transfigure in English:


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transitive verb

[with object]usually be transfigured
  • Transform into something more beautiful or elevated.

    ‘the world is made luminous and is transfigured’
    • ‘Meanwhile, a residential construction and remodeling boom promises to transfigure the look of the place still further.’
    • ‘Technology or mechanistic craft adjusts to the functions of everyday life; art elevates and transfigures the everyday into a transcendent state.’
    • ‘William Blake produced a series of visionary paintings about mankind transfigured by revolution and a series of graphic illustrations to highlight the plight of black slaves tortured in Surinam.’
    • ‘For the snow-making industry, the real thing, falling silently from the sky in huge crystals and transfiguring the landscape, is so unreliable it is almost a nuisance.’
    • ‘Yoga, he observes, uses up and transfigures such basic drives as hunger, sex and breathing; but it suspends or absorbs activities like thought, emotion and will.’
    • ‘If he had lived in our era, he would probably be a blogger, but instead his multivolume book transfigures his encounters with the arts and artists.’
    • ‘It's still early in the morning; the air is cool and exhilarating, and the low sun softens the landscape and transfigures the dour colours of the hills.’
    • ‘But what is more impressive is the way the show transfigures ordinary gestures.’
    • ‘Within a very short period, humanity has no doubt transfigured the face of the earth by obliterating space and time through the revolution in communications and urbanisation of the world.’
    • ‘A young girl, intent on her guitar-playing, with a sun-reddened face and wind-tangled, light-shot hair, is transfigured by her own music.’
    • ‘The space ship is cluttered with aging technology and tattered furniture - this is not the uniformly pristine and transfigured world of the typical sci-fi flick.’
    • ‘Back out on the hill, they were ecstatic, their faces transfigured by huge, permanent smiles.’
    • ‘Its ten plain lines show how accident can be transfigured by inspiration.’
    • ‘People have imaginatively transfigured their experiences of real life into visions of the unknown world.’
    • ‘The eye is a crystal ball, where the pain suffered is transfigured into pleasure received.’
    • ‘From today, this small spa town in County Clare is going to be transfigured.’
    • ‘Even pain is transfigured into a sort of pleasure which can be savoured aesthetically.’
    • ‘As soon as he began to play, the experience of the music was transfigured.’
    • ‘The contemporary poets I most admire are similarly subtle in the ways in which they use language to transfigure our perception of the natural world.’
    • ‘It becomes ever more nuancé, ever more modern, and the result is that it can no longer depict a tenement block or a refuse heap without transfiguring it.’
    transform, change, alter, convert, metamorphose, vary, modify, transmute, mutate
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/ˌtran(t)sˈfiɡ(y)ər/ /ˌtræn(t)sˈfɪɡ(j)ər/


Middle English from Old French transfigurer or Latin transfigurare, from trans- ‘across’ + figura ‘figure’.