transfiguration

noun
trans·​fig·​u·​ra·​tion | \ (ˌ)tran(t)s-ˌfi-gyə-ˈrā-shən How to pronounce transfiguration (audio) , -gə- \

Definition of transfiguration

1a : a change in form or appearance : metamorphosis
b : an exalting, glorifying, or spiritual change
2 capitalized : a Christian feast that commemorates the transfiguration of Christ on a mountaintop in the presence of three disciples and that is observed on August 6 in the Roman Catholic and some Eastern churches and on the Sunday before Lent in most Protestant churches

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The Gospels relate that one day Jesus took three disciples up a mountain, where they witnessed his transfiguration into divine form: his face shone like the sun, his garments became brilliantly white, and a voice from heaven proclaimed that this was the son of God. Transfiguration was first used in English as the name of this biblical event, and the Feast of the Transfiguration remains the name of a holy day. So the word has always kept a somewhat religious—and almost always positive—tone. A face may be transfigured by joy, and an "ugly duckling" may be slowly transfigured into a radiant beauty. And as Harry Potter fans know, transfiguration is a subject long taught at the Hogwarts School by Minerva McGonagall.

Examples of transfiguration in a Sentence

after his transfiguration into a Buddhist monk, all his family and friends were amazed by his newly found patience and tranquillity
Recent Examples on the Web But, definitely in that scene, in the transfiguration classroom, there was a monkey of some kind in a cage that did just start jerking off relentlessly. Tamara Fuentes, Seventeen, "Daniel Radcliffe Reveals He Broke A Lot of Wands, Not Glasses While Filming "Harry Potter"," 4 Dec. 2020 This entire process, from the Renaissance to the Enlightenment, was not so much about the resurrection of the ancient world as its transfiguration, a multi-century habit of rendering the ancients comprehensible to Northern Europeans. Charles King, Washington Post, "Noble virtues, bad history: How Greece and Rome influenced America’s founders," 6 Nov. 2020 Cable news and social media, by way of contrast, make this transfiguration of the human into the political their stock-in-trade. Cameron Hilditch, National Review, "Why the Senators Don’t Hate Each Other," 20 Oct. 2020 Tens of millions of years of tectonic transfiguration and the slow desiccation of Australia have steadily eroded Eidothea’s territory, constricting its two living species to patches of forest along the continent’s eastern coastline. Maddie Stone, The Atlantic, "A Forgotten Forest of Ancient Trees Was Devastated by Bushfires," 25 Feb. 2020 Tuesday is a feast day for the church in honor of the transfiguration of Jesus Christ, which spokeswoman Kristen Bruskas said will be the focal point of that service. Brieanna J. Frank, azcentral, "In rare move, leader of Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America to hold service in Phoenix," 1 Aug. 2019 However, The Crimes of Grindelwald takes place in 1927 when Dumbledore—who is played by Jude Law in the movie—was still Hogwarts’ transfiguration professor and not yet its headmaster, meaning the school may have been bound by different magical laws. Time, "Harry Potter Fans in Uproar Over a Fantastic Beasts Plot Hole," 14 Mar. 2018 Tuesday is a feast day for the church in honor of the transfiguration of Jesus Christ, which spokeswoman Kristen Bruskas said will be the focal point of that service. Brieanna J. Frank, azcentral, "In rare move, leader of Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America to hold service in Phoenix," 1 Aug. 2019 While there is great beauty in the chiaroscuro interplay between his expressionistic dissonances and Renaissance-style harmonies, his works never build toward resolution or transfiguration. New York Times, "Cancer Haunts a Composer’s Life and Work," 3 June 2018

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First Known Use of transfiguration

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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“Transfiguration.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/transfiguration. Accessed 19 Jan. 2021.

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