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[thee-of-uh-nee] /θiˈɒf ə ni/
noun, plural theophanies.
a manifestation or appearance of God or a god to a person.
Origin of theophany
1625-35; < Late Latin theophania < Late Greek theopháneia. See theo-, -phany
Related forms
[thee-uh-fan-ik] /ˌθi əˈfæn ɪk/ (Show IPA),
theophanous, adjective Unabridged
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noun (pl) -nies
(theol) a manifestation of a deity to man in a form that, though visible, is not necessarily material
Derived Forms
theophanic (θɪəˈfænɪk), theophanous, adjective
Word Origin
C17: from Late Latin theophania, from Late Greek theophaneia, from theo- + phainein to show
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Word Origin and History for theophany

1630s, from Late Latin theophania, from Greek theophaneia, from theos "god" (see Thea) + phainein "to show" (see phantasm).

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