Definition of transfigure in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌtransˈfɪɡə/
/ˌtrɑːnsˈfɪɡə/ /ˌtranzˈfɪɡə/ /ˌtranzˈfɪɡə/


[with object]
Transform into something more beautiful or elevated: the world is made luminous and is transfigured
More example sentences
  • 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.
rearrange, reshape, remodel, redo, reconstruct, recast, rebuild, reorganize, renew, revolutionize
humorous transmogrify


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

Words that rhyme with transfigure

chigger, configure, figure, Frigga, jigger, ligger, rigger, rigor, rigour, snigger, swigger, trigger, vigour (US vigor)
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