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a combining form occurring in loanwords from Greek, meaning “appearance,” “manifestation” (epiphany); used in the formation of compound words (Christophany; Satanophany).
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Origin of -phany
<Greek -phania, akin to phaínesthai to appear
Words nearby -phany
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British Dictionary definitions for -phany
n combining form
indicating a manifestationtheophany
Derived forms of -phany-phanous, adj combining form
Word Origin for -phany
from Greek -phania, from phainein to show; see -phane
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