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theophany

[thee-of-uh-nee]
noun, plural the·oph·a·nies.
  1. a manifestation or appearance of God or a god to a person.
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Origin of theophany

1625–35; < Late Latin theophania < Late Greek theopháneia. See theo-, -phany
Related formsthe·o·phan·ic [thee-uh-fan-ik] /ˌθi əˈfæn ɪk/, the·oph·a·nous, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for theophanic

theophany

noun plural -nies
  1. theol a manifestation of a deity to man in a form that, though visible, is not necessarily material
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Derived Formstheophanic (θɪəˈfænɪk) or theophanous, adjective

Word Origin

C17: from Late Latin theophania, from Late Greek theophaneia, from theo- + phainein to show
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Word Origin and History for theophanic

theophany

n.

1630s, from Late Latin theophania, from Greek theophaneia, from theos "god" (see Thea) + phainein "to show" (see phantasm).

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