Epiphany
Epiphany E*piph"a*ny, n. [F. ['e]piphanie, L. epiphania, Gr. 'epifa`nia (sc. ?), for 'epifa`neia appearance, fr. 'epifai`nein to show forth; 'epi` + fai`nein to show. See {Fancy}.] 1. An appearance, or a becoming manifest. [1913 Webster]

Whom but just before they beheld transfigured and in a glorious epiphany upon the mount. --Jer. Taylor. [1913 Webster]

An epic poet, if ever such a difficult birth should make its epiphany in Paris. --De Quincey. [1913 Webster]

2. (Eccl.) A church festival celebrated on the 6th of January, the twelfth day after Christmas, in commemoration of the visit of the Magi of the East to Bethlehem, to see and worship the child Jesus; or, as others maintain, to commemorate the appearance of the star to the Magi, symbolizing the manifestation of Christ to the Gentles; Twelfthtide. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

Synonyms:
, (especially that of Christ by the star which guided the Magi to Bethlehem) / ,


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