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noun, plural e·piph·a·nies.
(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.
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Origin of epiphany

1275–1325; Middle English epiphanie<Late Latin epiphanīa<Late Greek epipháneia,Greek: apparition, equivalent to epi-epi- + phan- (stem of phaínein to appear) + -eia-y3


ep·i·phan·ic [ep-uh-fan-ik], /ˌɛp əˈfæn ɪk/, e·piph·a·nous, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for epiphany (1 of 2)

/ (ɪˈpɪfənɪ) /

noun plural -nies
the manifestation of a supernatural or divine reality
any moment of great or sudden revelation

Derived forms of epiphany

epiphanic (ˌɛpɪˈfænɪk), adjective

Word Origin for epiphany

C17: via Church Latin from Greek epiphaneia an appearing, from epi- + phainein to show

British Dictionary definitions for epiphany (2 of 2)

/ (ɪˈpɪfənɪ) /

noun plural -nies
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

[ (i-pif-uh-nee) ]

A festival in Christianity celebrating the visit of the Wise Men to the infant Jesus. Epiphany means “a showing forth” — in this case a showing forth of Jesus to the Gentiles.

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