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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.
by PineappleJuice March 25, 2015
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(noun) A successful type of theft which results in an acceptable, impressive and rewarding payday for the protagonist.
Last night, hit a good lick. I brought home three figures easy for about two hours worth of my time. Not too bad I don't think.
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THE Jintro everyone has been waiting for. A beautifully aesthetic and empowering song/video of Jin from BTS that has left ARMY’s sister shOOk. It talks about the realization of self love, something this world needs more of. Go stream it on Youtube.
Bri: WOW I just had an epiphany!
Abby: About what?

Bri: Jin’s new song Epiphany. It has me crying in the club because it’s so beautiful.

Abby: Yaasss me too!
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A sudden realization of great truth.
Homer Simpson experienced several epiphanies during his time with "boob lady".
1. Bananas are a great source of potassium.
2. Americans will never embrace soccer.
3. More than two shakes and you're playing with it.
Eventually he had another epiphany which led him to save his family.
by John Smith!!!!oneoneone February 02, 2009
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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
by Grahamc April 19, 2009
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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...
by Flamingo Art April 09, 2010
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