(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
At the end of a year shaped by forces beyond our control, that epiphany is a gift.The world’s problems overwhelmed me. This book empowered me. | Kelsey Piper | December 11, 2020 | Vox
Often, however, the epiphanies born from discovery are ephemeral flashes that burn hot and bright but are quickly forgotten, if not overlooked entirely, by much of the population.During a year of tumult, space has been a rare bright spot. SpaceX and NASA hope to keep it that way. | Christian Davenport | November 11, 2020 | Washington Post
It doesn’t arrive and do its work all at once, like an epiphany.Trumpism is a lifestyle disease, chronic in America | Philip Kennicott | November 6, 2020 | Washington Post
Election officials might have a few epiphanies, too, especially when it comes to voting by mail.9 questions about 2020’s record-breaking early vote, answered | Rani Molla | October 30, 2020 | Vox
You had your shellac bug epiphany listening to an Ella Fitzgerald recording.Why We Should Eat Crickets. And Other Bug Ideas - Facts So Romantic | Mary Ellen Hannibal | October 2, 2020 | Nautilus
Did you have a single a-religious epiphanic moment, when you realized that, for you, there was no God?
Let me follow-up and ask what the next project was that you set your sights on after this epiphanic moment?
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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