Definition of transfiguration
1a : a change in form or appearance : metamorphosisb : 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
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>
Did You Know?
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.
First Known Use of transfiguration
Learn More about transfiguration
See words that rhyme with transfiguration Thesaurus: All synonyms and antonyms for transfiguration Britannica English: Translation of transfiguration for Arabic speakers
Seen and Heard
What made you want to look up transfiguration? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).