transfigure

verb trans·fig·ure \ tran(t)s-ˈfi-gyər , especially British -ˈfi-gər \

Definition of transfigure

transfigured; transfiguring
transitive verb
: to give a new and typically exalted or spiritual appearance to : transform outwardly and usually for the better

Examples of transfigure in a Sentence

  1. Her face seemed transfigured by happiness.

  2. married life has seemingly transfigured his formerly aimless existence

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Origin and Etymology of transfigure

Middle English, from Anglo-French transfigurer, from Latin transfigurare, from trans- + figurare to shape, fashion, from figura figure

Synonym Discussion of transfigure

transform, metamorphose, transmute, convert, transmogrify, transfigure mean to change a thing into a different thing. transform implies a major change in form, nature, or function.
    • transformed a small company into a corporate giant
metamorphose suggests an abrupt or startling change induced by or as if by magic or a supernatural power.
    • awkward girls metamorphosed into graceful ballerinas
transmute implies transforming into a higher element or thing.
    • attempted to transmute lead into gold
convert implies a change fitting something for a new or different use or function.
    • converted the study into a nursery
transmogrify suggests a strange or preposterous metamorphosis.
    • a story in which a frog is transmogrified into a prince
transfigure implies a change that exalts or glorifies.
    • joy transfigured her face

TRANSFIGURE Defined for English Language Learners

transfigure

verb

Definition of transfigure for English Language Learners

  • : to change the appearance of (something or someone)



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