the·​oph·​a·​ny | \ thē-ˈä-fə-nē How to pronounce theophany (audio) \
plural theophanies

Definition of theophany

: a visible manifestation of a deity

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Other Words from theophany

theophanic \ ˌthē-​ə-​ˈfa-​nik How to pronounce theophanic (audio) \ 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

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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

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The first known use of theophany was circa 1633

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“Theophany.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Feb. 2020.

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