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Definition of "epiphany" []

  • A Christian feast celebrating the manifestation of the divine nature of Jesus to the Gentiles as represented by the Magi. (noun)
  • January 6, on which this feast is traditionally observed. (noun)
  • A revelatory manifestation of a divine being. (noun)
  • A sudden manifestation of the essence or meaning of something. (noun)
  • A comprehension or perception of reality by means of a sudden intuitive realization: "I experienced an epiphany, a spiritual flash that would change the way I viewed myself” ( Frank Maier). (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "epiphany" in a sentence
  • "The word epiphany comes from a Greek word meaning to manifest or to show."
  • "A parallel epiphany is bubbling up in engineering, led by giant firms such as CH2M Hill that have embraced climate adaptation."
  • "(Meditative states are easier to reproduce; epiphany is spontaneous and unpredictable.)"