ep·​i·​phan·​ic ˌe-pə-ˈfa-nik How to pronounce epiphanic (audio)
: of or having the character of an epiphany

Examples of epiphanic in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web My favorite passage in Body Work, though, and the anecdote that argues most convincingly for the necessity of creative confession, is an epiphanic sequence in which Febos recalls the experience of writing about a challenging relationship, the story of which became the foundation of Abandon Me. Adam Dalva, The Atlantic, 5 June 2022 The notion was epiphanic to Federici. New York Times, 17 Feb. 2021 This was an epiphanic memory for Butts, one that solidified her desire to one day attend the school. Aiyana Ishmael, Glamour, 20 Oct. 2022 If there was a single, epiphanic moment when Mr. Gilliam was moved to remove his paintings from their wooden supports and to hang them like drapes, the artist was often cagey about when — or even whether — that occurred. Michael O'Sullivan, Washington Post, 27 June 2022 But interestingly, the most affecting moments aren’t necessarily the dramatic epiphanic turning points. Leslie Felperin, The Hollywood Reporter, 20 May 2022 Her narrow road to the interior passes through the Trump presidency into an epiphanic realm where birth resembles death, violence healing, and trauma care. Srikanth Reddy, New York Times, 15 Apr. 2022 And her epiphanic declaration of independence from the royal family is depicted as her decision to wear better clothes. Washington Post, 18 Nov. 2021 That song was not only special to sing but also an epiphanic moment. Shannon Carlin, Vulture, 23 June 2021 See More

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Word History


epiphany + -ic entry 1

First Known Use

1951, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of epiphanic was in 1951

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“Epiphanic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/epiphanic. Accessed 26 Sep. 2023.

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