theophany

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From Late Latin theophania, corresponding to theo- +‎ -phany, from θεο (Theo, God) + φαίνω (phainō, I shine, appear).

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theophany (plural theophanies)

  1. A manifestation of a deity to a man.
    • 2009, Karen Armstrong, The Case for God, Vintage 2010, p. 47:
      It was a bewildering theophany, since it was impossible to make out anything clearly in the stormy obscurity of thunder, lightning, smoke and wind.

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