theophany

noun
the·oph·a·ny | \ thē-ˈä-fə-nē \
plural theophanies

Definition of theophany 

: a visible manifestation of a deity

Keep scrolling for more

Other words from theophany

theophanic \ˌthē-ə-ˈfa-nik \ adjective

Examples of theophany in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web

The winged trio is said by some to symbolize the Holy Trinity and is an elegant example of theophany, or the appearance of a deity, in a painting. Mary Norris, Town & Country, "Gilt Trip," 2 Dec. 2013

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'theophany.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

First Known Use of theophany

circa 1633, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for theophany

Medieval Latin theophania, from Late Greek theophaneia, from Greek the- + -phaneia (as in epiphaneia appearance) — more at epiphany

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about theophany

Statistics for theophany

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for theophany

The first known use of theophany was circa 1633

See more words from the same year

More from Merriam-Webster on theophany

Britannica.com: Encyclopedia article about theophany

Comments on theophany

What made you want to look up theophany? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

an open space surrounded by woods

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Name that Food Quiz

Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!