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Greek literal meaning

Posted by M.Mazzucco on June 01, 2001

In Reply to: Insight posted by R. Berg on May 24, 2001

: : : : : epiphany

: : : : 1. January 6 observed as a church festival in commemoration of the coming of the Magi to Jesus at Bethlehem 2. a sudden striking understanding of something. (The Merriam-Webster Dictionary, 1997)

: : : : Meaning 2: You know, like on a cartoon, when a lightbulb appears over a character's head. Or a person "gets it" -- a sudden insight into an idea, problem, etc. The women's movement termed this insight as a "click."

: : : This link goes to the definition in the American Heritage Dictionary:

: : It's a sudden insight, like "dictionaries exist!"

: Or "Follow-ups remove links, but clicking on the post that had the link gets the link back!"

Epiphainomai (e-pee-fein-o-my) is ancient Greek, where epi- translates with "by," "nearby," and -phainomai "to appear," "to come into being."