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Kevin Briggs

According to Webster’s Dictionary, the following represent the principal definitions for the word epiphany:

1: January 6 observed as a church festival in commemoration of the coming of the Magi as the first manifestation of Christ to the Gentiles or in the Eastern Church in commemoration of the baptism of Christ

2: an appearance or manifestation, especially of a divine being

3 a (1): a usually sudden manifestation or perception of the essential nature or meaning of something 

(2) : an intuitive grasp of reality through something (such as an event) usually simple and striking 

(3) : an illuminating discovery, realization, or disclosure

3 b: a revealing scene or moment.

With regard to Webster’s predecessor, the Oxford English Dictionary, there are only two definitions: everything associated with #3 is omitted, something I find to be most interesting based upon how the word epiphany is utilized in much of literature throughout the 20th and into the 21st century.

With respect to the three principal definitions noted supra, which definition applies to this work?

Let me just say that it does not correspond with #1.