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epiphany


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  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  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. 
 
  Whom  but  just  before  they  beheld  transfigured  and  in 
  a  glorious  epiphany  upon  the  mount.  --Jer.  Taylor. 
 
  An  epic  poet,  if  ever  such  a  difficult  birth  should 
  make  its  epiphany  in  Paris.  --De  Quincey. 
 
  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. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  epiphany 
  n  1:  a  divine  manifestation 
  2:  twelve  days  after  Christmas;  celebrates  the  visit  of  the 
  three  wise  men  to  the  infant  Jesus  [syn:  {Epiphany},  {Epiphany 
  of  Our  Lord},  {Twelfth  day},  {Three  Kings'  Day},  {January 
  6}] 




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