Definition of epiphany in English:

epiphany

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Pronunciation: /ɪˈpɪf(ə)ni
 
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noun (plural epiphanies)

  • 1 (Epiphany) The manifestation of Christ to the Gentiles as represented by the Magi (Matthew 2:1-12).
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    • The story of Epiphany is related by the first three Evangelists: Matthew, Mark and Luke.
    • The account of the magi is celebrated as an epiphany of our Lord.
  • 1.1The festival commemorating the Epiphany on 6 January.
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    • For Epiphany on January 6, a large round pastry is baked with a bean hidden in it.
    • The Christmas season in France comes to an end on Epiphany when we commemorate the coming of the three kings to Bethlehem.
    • In Izalco, the period between Christmas and the Feast of the Epiphany is celebrated with nightly processions and Jeu Jeu, an Amerindian rain dance.
  • 2A moment of sudden and great revelation or realization.
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    • Then, as if we all have an epiphany at the same moment, we simultaneously yell out.
    • But I have to believe my epiphany was the decisive moment in my adult life.
    • In a sudden epiphany, he had remembered that he still had Krillir's guns, silver weapons with eagles engraved on the handles.

Derivatives

epiphanic

Pronunciation: /ɛpɪˈfanɪk/
adjective
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  • On the whole, it seems a good idea to be silent about the transcendent and epiphanic dimensions of life because they cannot actually be spoken about.
  • Quite simply put, a holy place, as a place in which an epiphanic event happens, is holy insofar as the breath or Spirit that gives witness to our spirit is there to consecrate it - and we call it ‘spiritual presence.’
  • Since the publication of her first novel, she has returned in her fiction to epiphanic moments which elide divisions in time and space.

Origin

Middle English: from Greek epiphainein 'reveal'. The sense relating to the Christian festival is via Old French epiphanie and ecclesiastical Latin epiphania.

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