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Epiphany

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Epiphany

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. 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.

Origin: f. Epiphanie, L. Epiphania, gr. (sc), for appearance, fr. To show forth; _ to show. See fancy.