epiphany

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Etymology[edit]

From Old French epyphanie, from Late Latin epiphania, from Ancient Greek ἐπιφάνεια (epipháneia, manifestation, striking appearance), from ἐπιφαίνω (epiphaínō, I appear, display), from ἐπί (epí, upon) + φαίνω (phaínō, I shine, appear). English Epiphany (of Christ) since the 14th century, generic use since the 17th century.

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  • IPA(key): /ɪˈpɪf.ə.ni/, /ɪˈpɪf.ni/, /ɛˈpɪf.ə.ni/
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epiphany (plural epiphanies)

  1. A manifestation or appearance of a divine or superhuman being.
  2. An illuminating realization or discovery, often resulting in a personal feeling of elation, awe, or wonder.
  3. (Christianity) Alternative letter-case form of Epiphany.

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