a. A marked change in form or appearance; a metamorphosis.
b. A change that glorifies or exalts.
a. Bible The sudden emanation of radiance from the person of Jesus that occurred on a mountain.
b. The Christian feast commemorating this event, observed on August 6 in the Roman Catholic, Anglican, and Orthodox churches and on the Sunday before Lent in most Protestant churches.
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