Epiphany

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n epiphany a divine manifestation
    • n Epiphany twelve days after Christmas; celebrates the visit of the three wise men to the infant Jesus
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Epiphany (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.
    • Epiphany An appearance, or a becoming manifest. "Whom but just before they beheld transfigured and in a glorious epiphany upon the mount.""An epic poet, if ever such a difficult birth should make its epiphany in Paris."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n epiphany An appearance; manifestation of one's presence: used especially with reference to appearances of a deity.
    • n epiphany Among the ancient Greeks, a festival held in commemoration of the appearance of a god in any particular place.
    • n epiphany [capitalized] A Christian festival, closing the series of Christmas observances, celebrated on the 6th of January, the twelfth day after Christmas (hence called Twelfth-day), in commemoration of the manifestations of Christ to the world as the Son of God, in the West especially that to the Gentiles through the visit of the Magi in his infancy. It was early instituted in the East in celebration both of his nativity and of his baptism, the former being afterward transferred to the 25th of December. In the West it has been observed since the fourth century with special reference to the visit of the Magi or the three kings, with which are combined in the Roman Catholic Church his baptism and his first miracle at Cana of Galilee.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Epiphany e-pif′an-i a church festival celebrated on Jan. 6, in commemoration of the manifestation of Christ to the wise men of the East: the manifestation of a god.
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Quotations

  • John Milton
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    “Gratitude bestows reverence, allowing us to encounter everyday epiphanies, those transcendent moments of awe that change forever how we experience life and the world.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. épiphanie, L. epiphania, Gr. 'epifa`niasc. ), for 'epifa`neia appearance, fr. 'epifai`nein to show forth; 'epi` + fai`nein to show. See Fancy
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Gr. epiphaneia, appearance—epi, to, phainein, to show.

Usage

In literature:

In the year 1830, the feast of the Epiphany was celebrated at the court of Charles X., according to the old Catholic custom.
"Donahoe's Magazine, Volume 15, No. 2, February 1886" by Various
Fourth Sunday after the Epiphany?
"Vice Versa" by F. Anstey
We witnessed a very gorgeous procession on the feast of the Epiphany.
"Sketches of Our Life at Sarawak" by Harriette McDougall
After that, this building housed the Epiphany School, an Episcopal institution.
"A Portrait of Old George Town" by Grace Dunlop Ecker
It was on the morrow of the Epiphany, 1320, that I was wedded to my Jack in the Chapel of York Castle.
"In Convent Walls" by Emily Sarah Holt
About Epiphany was born Susan Bertie, the only daughter of the Duchess of Suffolk.
"Robin Tremayne" by Emily Sarah Holt
Instead of happening at Christmas, as with us, the Italian festival is celebrated on the eve of Epiphany, the sixth of January.
"Rafael in Italy" by Etta Blaisdell McDonald
She had come to him with all the surprise and wonder of a revelation, a coronation, a fulfillment, a golden epiphany.
"The Heart of Thunder Mountain" by Edfrid A. Bingham
The time between Christmas and Epiphany, Paul.
"The German Classics, v. 20" by Various
The festival of Epiphany is celebrated by the blessing of the waters of the Neva, followed by a grand military review on the Admiralty Square.
"The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 16, No. 93, July, 1865" by Various
A marble basin for the mandatum in the nave, and an epiphany tank at the west are common features.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 7, Slice 3" by Various
To him he sent an order to appear in the harbour of Ravenna on the night of the Feast of Epiphany.
"A Struggle for Rome, v. 1" by Felix Dahn
In the Epiphanies at Eleusis the doctrine disclosed was demonstrative of that conception.
"Historia Amoris: A History of Love, Ancient and Modern" by Edgar Saltus
They gave her a pauper's grave in the cemetery of the Epiphany Church Home.
"The Home Life of Poe" by Susan Archer Weiss
I had an epiphany, a moment that galvanizes your resolve.
"Life Blood" by Thomas Hoover
In Antioch as late as about 386 Epiphany and Easter were the two great feasts, and the physical Birth of Christ was not yet feasted.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 9, Slice 6" by Various
FEAST OF THE EPIPHANY.
"The Highlands of Ethiopia" by William Cornwallis Harris
The actual history of this epiphany is curious.
"Euripedes and His Age" by Gilbert Murray
The length of Christmas-tide or season is twelve days, lasting from the 25th of December to Epiphany.
"Our Calendar" by George Nichols Packer
Ah, you should have seen her at Christmas and Epiphany!
"A Little Girl in Old St. Louis" by Amanda Minnie Douglas
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In poetry:

Whose unknown nature, blessed with keener sense
Catches its breath in wonder at the sight
And feels its being flood with that immense
Epiphany of light?
"Ode On The Death Of Pius The Twelfth" by A D Hope
ii. Epiphany
Sleep takes Him, but a little His small eyes
Still search the room where the kings but lately were;
Small hands play with the gold; beside Him lies
The dull neglected casket of the myrrh.
"Night" by Charles Walter Stansby Williams
How long? all earth beneath the rod
Of one wide curse lifts up her cry,
And waits, with all the sons of God,
For their supreme Epiphany,
For their Redemption's glorious day,
When former things shall pass away.
"The Travail Of The Creation" by Samuel John Stone

In news:

Today is Twelfth Night and the Feast of the Epiphany or Three Kings Day.
For me, this is a minor epiphany.
An epiphany of miniscule proportion, at least for the world.
Epiphany Community Nursery School .
In 1996, Andy McLuskey, who at that point was the sole member of OMD, had an unfortunate epiphany.
Today is the Eve of the Feast of the Epiphany or the twelfth day of Christmas, and tonight is known as"Twelfth Night" (or "Twelfthnight").
Twelfth Night, or the feast of the Epiphany, marks the beginning of the Carnival season, and Blaine Kern's Mardi Gras World seemed the perfect place to celebrate the occasion.
Twelfth Night, or the feast of the Epiphany, marks the beginning of the Carnival season, and Blaine Kern's Mardi Gras World seemed the perfect place to celebrate the occasion.
We all have epiphanies in our design careers, like when we suddenly understand why we need those typographic theories a former professor was trying to teach us.
During a recent trip to Houston, I decided to make an early-bird dinner reservation so I could get over to the Rice University campus in time for the evening viewing of James Turrell's Light Epiphany.
ROCKFORD — Jim Waddell and members of local Christian rock band Epiphany will perform their 17th annual Christmas concert at 3 pm Dec 8 at Grace United Methodist Church, 3555 McFarland Road, Rockford.
Our hike down Edgewood Avenue (right) might not have delivered a full-on Road-to-Damascus epiphany, but it certainly left me ready to do a little evangelizing on behalf of the project.
Music has been Kevin Blue's passion for more than 40 years, and his journey in the business proves that a late epiphany is still an epiphany.
Jaanna Anaemereibe, left, and Curtis Taylor Jr sit during "The Epiphany" rally Friday at Tiger Plaza.
Tom Till recently had an epiphany about how much enhancement is too much.
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In science:

In this article, based on the talk given at the Cracow Epiphany Conference on Astroparticle Physics, I discuss some of the opportunities provided by high-energy and ultra-high energy neutrino astronomy in probing particle physics beyond the standard model.
High-Energy Neutrino Astronomy: Opportunities For Particle Physics
I would like to thank the organizers of the 2004 Cracow Epiphany Conference for planning an informative and interesting program and for their hospitality. I would also like to thank Francis Halzen and Ignacio de la Calle Perez for helpful comments.
High-Energy Neutrino Astronomy: Opportunities For Particle Physics
The epiphany of SN1987A was a turning point, but new computational capabilities that emerged in the interim have also played a role, as has the exponentiation of astronomical data in the eighties and nineties. A complete theory of supernova explosions must explain a variety of observations and facts.
Towards a Synthesis of Core-Collapse Supernova Theory
Narison, talk presented at the Cracow Epiphany Conference on Heavy Quarks, Montpellier prep. no.
Theoretical Review of B-physics
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