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Definition a sudden realization — especially one of importance

Less commonly, as a proper noun Epiphany commemorates on January 6 the realization that Jesus was Son of God.
  • The struggle led to an epiphany.
epiphany = sudden realization
  • She described it as a religious epiphany.
  • epiphany = sudden realization
  • I had an epiphany that changed the course of my life.
  • epiphany = sudden realization
  • Edward refused to let me go for a second, dragging me along with him as he hunted up Jasper and then Carlisle to tell them of my epiphany.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  Eclipse
  • epiphany = sudden realization
  • It doesn't come in a flash, a sudden epiphany.
    Nicola Yoon  --  Everything, Everything
  • epiphany = sudden realization
  • A kind of epiphany filled her.
    Stephen King  --  Cujo
  • epiphany = sudden realization
  • A slow awakening as opposed to an epiphany.
    Tracy Kidder  --  Mountains Beyond Mountains
  • epiphany = sudden realization
  • —with enough of an upturn at the tail end to make it sound like surprise, or like what I said has triggered a minor epiphany in him.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  And The Mountains Echoed
  • epiphany = sudden realization
  • I think I'm having an epiphany here.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  New Moon
  • epiphany = sudden realization
  • He knew not from where the epiphany came.
    Dan Brown  --  The Da Vinci Code
  • epiphany = sudden realization
  • Our eyes locked in one of those shining moments of epiphany.
    James Patterson  --  1st to Die
  • epiphany = sudden realization
  • But one day I had an epiphany.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  The Kite Runner
  • epiphany = sudden realization
  • For a moment, Langdon was back in Westminster Abbey, standing at Newton's pyramidical tomb, where he had experienced a similar epiphany.
    Dan Brown  --  The Lost Symbol
  • epiphany = sudden realization
  • A place riddled with epiphanies, that's what it was.
    Don DeLillo  --  Underworld
  • epiphanies = sudden realizations
  • But this epiphany occurred only after the intervention of time and misfortune, when my fathers self-satisfied existence had begun to crumble beneath him.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into the Wild
  • epiphany = sudden realization
  • Later a minor epiphany was ours when we discovered that she had a dog tooth—a charming one to be sure—but a dog tooth nonetheless.
    Toni Morrison  --  The Bluest Eye
  • epiphany = sudden realization
  • Find someone else to endure your frivolous poppycock and threadbare 'epiphanies.'
    Henry H. Neff  --  The Maelstrom
  • epiphanies = important and sudden realizations
  • It was in Philadelphia in the mid-1980s that I had an epiphany.
    Steve Lopez  --  The Soloist
  • epiphany = sudden realization
  • As Janice brainstormed aloud how they would save their son, Larry had an epiphany.
    Eric Blehm  --  Fearless
  • epiphany = sudden realization
  • Now, it seemed she would only have a few seconds, and in that realization came her epiphany.
    Abraham Verghese  --  Cutting for Stone
epiphany = sudden realization

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