An epiphany (from the ancient Greek ἐπιφάνεια, epiphaneia, "manifestation, striking appearance") is an experience of sudden and striking realization. Generally the term is used to describe scientific breakthrough, religious or philosophical discoveries, but it can apply in any situation in which an enlightening realization allows a problem or situation to be understood from a new and deeper perspective. Epiphanies are studied by psychologists and other scholars, particularly those attempting to study the process of innovation.

Epiphanies are relatively rare occurrences and generally follow a process of significant thought about a problem. Often they are triggered by a new and key piece of information, but importantly, a depth of prior knowledge is required to allow the leap of understanding. Famous epiphanies include Archimedes's discovery of a method to determine the density of an object ("Eureka!") and Isaac Newton's realization that a falling apple and the orbiting moon are both pulled by the same force.
I had an Epiphany.
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1. When you're really stoned and realise something.

2. An epiphany is the sudden realization or comprehension of the (larger) essence or meaning of something.
Andy: Oh shit i've had an epiphany... Elton John's not in the beatles
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a smart-sounding word for realizing you've been practically retarded for quite some time.
I wonder if a retard could have an epiphany. Maybe that's mean...
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an amazing girl. she's really nice, sweet, caring, smart, funny, and lovable. everyone likes her, girls and guys included. she has a great personality. there's not a moment when you think about her and you don't smile. she's one of those go to people. you go to her when you need help, when you need someone to talk to, or could use a good laugh. she's a great friend. she's always looking good, has nice hair, a great sense of style, and a beautiful smile to top it off. she's an all-round perfect person. she's like a princess.
wow, she's an epiphany!
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A great song by Staind off of their album "Break The Cycle".

Your words to me just a whisper
Your face is so unclear
I try to pay attention
Your words just disappear

Cause it's always raining in my head
Forget all the things I should have said...

I went to a Staind concert and they played Epiphany.
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Wind chimes with a hint of dim streetlight in the park at night, with a slight breeze that rolls by
She had an epiphany about why the kids at school threw rocks at her forehead.
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