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From Old French epiphanie from Late Latin epiphania from Ancient Greek ἐπιφάνεια (epiphaneia), “‘manifestation, striking appearance’”) from ἐπιφαίνω (epiphainō), “‘I appear, display’”) from ἐπί (epi), “‘upon’”) + φαίνω (phainō), “‘I shine, appear’”). English Epiphany (of Christ) since the 14th century, generic use since the 17th century.
- A manifestation or appearance of a divine or superhuman being.
- An illuminating realization or discovery, often resulting in a personal feeling of elation, awe, or wonder.
- (Christianity) Season or time of the Christian church year from the Epiphany feast day to Mardi Gras (Shrove Tuesday), the day before Ash Wednesday, the start of Lent (See Epiphany).
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