- (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.
Origin of epiphany
Related Words for epiphanyflash, vision, inspiration, oracle, realization, insight, sign, surprise, bombshell, discovery, shocker
Examples from the Web for epiphany
Contemporary Examples of 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’
April 6, 2014
While watching The Ten Commandments on TV with their children for the umpteenth time, Burnett and Downey had an epiphany.Hollywood Declares 2014 the Year of the Bible
January 9, 2014
This was an epiphany, this was imprinted on you, you could do anything now.How John Lennon Rediscovered His Music in Bermuda
November 3, 2013
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
July 14, 2013
That was the epiphany I had Sunday night during a 10-hour stay at a roadside hotel.
Historical Examples of epiphany
The rest will to Dax when the prince starts, which will be before the feast of the Epiphany.The White Company
Arthur Conan Doyle
We witnessed a very gorgeous procession on the feast of the Epiphany.Sketches of Our Life at Sarawak
Well, this year, at Epiphany, it had been snowing for a week.Original Short Stories, Volume 5 (of 13)
Guy de Maupassant
I should say I did remember that Epiphany supper during the war!Maupassant Original Short Stories (180), Complete
Guy de Maupassant
The Collect for the first Sunday after Epiphany is wonderful.Life of John Coleridge Patteson
Charlotte M. Yonge
- the manifestation of a supernatural or divine reality
- any moment of great or sudden revelation
Word Origin for epiphany
- 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
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.