noun, plural e·piph·a·nies.
Origin of epiphany
Examples from the Web for 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|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|DAILY BEAST
That was the epiphany I had Sunday night during a 10-hour stay at a roadside hotel.
That brilliant star was evidently the cause of bestowing on the day of its appearance the denomination of the Epiphany.A Philosophical Dictionary, Volume 4 (of 10)|Franois-Marie Arouet (AKA Voltaire)
She is so distinctly a part of the Epiphany festival that we may leave her to be considered later.
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
In the former case, of course, the Epiphany is the thirteenth day.
The rest will to Dax when the prince starts, which will be before the feast of the Epiphany.The White Company|Arthur Conan Doyle
British Dictionary definitions for epiphany (1 of 2)
noun plural -nies
Word Origin for epiphany
British Dictionary definitions for epiphany (2 of 2)
noun plural -nies
Word Origin and History for epiphany
early 14c., "festival of the manifestation of Christ to the gentiles" (celebrated Jan. 6; usually with a capital -E-), from Old French epiphanie, from Late Latin epiphania, neuter plural (taken as feminine singular), from late Greek epiphaneia "manifestation, striking appearance" (in New Testament, "advent or manifestation of Christ"), from epiphanes "manifest, conspicuous," from epiphainein "to manifest, display," from epi "on, to" (see epi-) + phainein "to show" (see phantasm).
Of divine beings other than Christ, first recorded 1660s; general literary sense of "any manifestation or revelation" appeared 1840, first in De Quincey.