(initial capital letter) a Christian festival, observed on January 6, commemorating the manifestation of Christ to the gentiles in the persons of the Magi; Twelfth-day.
an appearance or manifestation, especially of a deity.
a sudden, intuitive perception of or insight into the reality or essential meaning of something, usually initiated by some simple, homely, or commonplace occurrence or experience.
a literary work or section of a work presenting, usually symbolically, such a moment of revelation and insight.
- ep·i·phan·ic [ep-uh-fan-ik], /ˌɛp əˈfæn ɪk/, e·piph·a·nous, adjective
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How to use epiphany in a sentence
Richard Kurin was a 19-year-old anthropology student in India when he experienced his material culture epiphany.
Zaks experienced an epiphany of sorts a couple years ago, when he was looking through a book of Tony Walton illustrations.New York’s Greatest Show Or How They Did Not Screw Up ‘Guys and Dolls’ | Ross Wetzsteon | April 6, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
While watching The Ten Commandments on TV with their children for the umpteenth time, Burnett and Downey had an epiphany.
This was an epiphany, this was imprinted on you, you could do anything now.
The teenager went to rehab, and then went right back to using—until he had an epiphany.‘Glee’ Star Cory Monteith Found Dead: A Tortured Talent Gone Too Soon | Marlow Stern | July 14, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
Their escape was made at midnight on the eve of epiphany, 1649, all the court following in great disorder.The World's Greatest Books, Vol X | Various
Neophytes should therefore be baptized at Easter and Pentecost alone, never at epiphany.
So careful is the poet to prepare both sides—the divine epiphany, and the mortal who is to behold it.Homer's Odyssey | Denton J. Snider
He thought the lessons of the Nativity and epiphany came as a very wholesome corrective to these tendencies.The Church Index | William Pepperell
There is nothing of him now in Florence, save a few drawings in the Uffizi and an unfinished picture of the epiphany.The Story of Florence | Edmund G. Gardner
British Dictionary definitions for epiphany (1 of 2)
the manifestation of a supernatural or divine reality
any moment of great or sudden revelation
- epiphanic (ˌɛpɪˈfænɪk), adjective
British Dictionary definitions for Epiphany (2 of 2)
a Christian festival held on Jan 6, commemorating, in the Western Church, the manifestation of Christ to the Magi and, in the Eastern Church, the baptism of Christ
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Cultural definitions for Epiphany
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