the·​oph·​a·​ny thē-ˈä-fə-nē How to pronounce theophany (audio)
plural theophanies
: a visible manifestation of a deity
theophanic 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, 2 Dec. 2013

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Word History


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

First Known Use

circa 1633, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of theophany was circa 1633

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“Theophany.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Sep. 2023.

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