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1A complete change of form or appearance into a more beautiful or spiritual state.‘in this light the junk undergoes a transfiguration; it shines’
change, alteration, modification, variation, conversion, revision, amendment, metamorphosis, transfiguration, evolution, mutation, sea changeView synonyms
- ‘For the iconographer, art is not a means of self-expression, but a method and practice of the path to the transfiguration of his nature.’
- ‘Picasso was famous for transfigurations of the commonplace.’
- ‘Here follows, etymological notes and a transfiguration (though poor) into modern English.’
- ‘Between these two ordinary skins lies the means of their transfiguration: graphics and fibre-optics.’
- ‘After a couple of minutes, the music undergoes a magical transfiguration: it's as though Exeter Cathedral's stained-glass angels had taken wing, soaring up to the heavens.’
- ‘I intend to focus on single colour works, in which changes of shape produce transfigurations of space.’
- ‘This ghostly apparition is actually a transfiguration of your loved one.’
- ‘It eventually loomed over the eight others, who melted away into the shadows, their work done, the transfiguration begun.’
- ‘Indeed, there is even a transfiguration of the archways, halls and yards of the convent in the following scenes of Nazi infiltration.’
- ‘Instead we get strange transfigurations between the literal, the metaphorical, and the conceptual, which move polemically into a defense of the Catholic position on the Eucharist.’
- ‘As the story unfolds, the object comes to represent a transfiguration of inner evil, repressed sexuality, an eruption of the unconscious, or simply a supernatural/diabolical manifestation.’
- ‘Ultimately, it is about the subtle transfiguration of everyday details and the collapse of reason and communication.’
- ‘So the music that accompanies Isolde's death is her transfiguration, and the repetition of the Tristan chord shows that she dies of love's sorrow.’
- ‘What Cherry leaves us with is the understanding that poetry must be part of this memory, this pain without which spiritual transfiguration cannot begin.’
- ‘If you thought Celtic music was fiddles, jigs and reels, this extraordinary album will be a platform for your transfiguration.’
- ‘Ignored is the internal transfiguration of African-American life that often plays itself out within the community in powerfully destructive ways.’
- ‘Two major techniques are the transfiguration of classical fairytales, and the integration of traditional motifs with contemporary references within atypical settings and plotlines.’
- 1.1Christ's appearance in radiant glory to three of his disciples (Matthew 17:2 and Mark 9:2–3).
- ‘In the second passage, following the transfiguration, Jesus must exorcise a demon from a suffering child because his apostles could not do so, reportedly due to their lack of faith.’
- ‘The Gospel reading is Luke's account of the transfiguration; the Old Testament and Epistle readings highlight different dimensions of this event in the life of the Christ.’
- ‘Do you think you know all you need to about Transfiguration?’
- ‘Right after experiencing the transfiguration, he and companions James and John had spoken sternly to a man who was casting out demons in Jesus' name.’
- ‘For, while the message of the Transfiguration is easy to understand, it is at the same time hard to grasp.’
- ‘Indeed, one might think spreading the story of the transfiguration could help convert a few unbelievers.’
- ‘In Mark's account of the Transfiguration Jesus is set alongside the great prophets.’
- ‘By the way, when Peter gets back into that line, he's there to climb the Mount of Transfiguration.’
- ‘All people and all creation can share in Jesus' experience of Transfiguration.’
- ‘The ‘holy mountain’ here is obviously not Sinai and likely not Zion, but the mount of the transfiguration, which becomes their antitype.’
- ‘In the Transfiguration scene the disciples see Jesus conversing with Elijah, whose return heralds the end.’
- ‘And in fact this is true if this picture is considered externally: above on the hill we see the transfiguration, below is the scene with the child possessed of an unclean spirit.’
- ‘Orthodox Christians live - habitually, I would say - within a liturgical environment that transfigures body and soul, the entire world, in this vision of the light of the Transfiguration.’
- ‘If Moses and Elijah could hear Jesus on the Mount of Transfiguration, why can't Mary hear?’
- ‘Blink at the stage and you could have been looking at an icon of the Transfiguration.’
- 1.2The Church festival commemorating Christ's transfiguration, held on 6 August.
- ‘Between August 1 and 6, San Salvador holds a fiesta (major celebration) commemorating the Transfiguration of Christ.’
- ‘On the holiday of the Transfiguration, apples and honey are blessed and eaten along with other fruits of the season.’
- ‘How many of you have scratched your head into baldness trying to come up with something new and interesting to say on the Feast of the Transfiguration?’
- ‘The Transfiguration, observed traditionally in this last Sunday before Lent, brings Epiphany to a close with another divine irruption into the earthly.’
- ‘The feast of the Transfiguration, so venerated by the Orthodox Church, serves as a key to the understanding of the humanity of Christ in the Eastern tradition.’
Late Middle English (with biblical reference): from Old French, or from Latin transfiguratio(n-), from the verb transfigurare (see transfigure).
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