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A.Word.A.Day--theophany

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This week's theme: uncommon words with common suffixes or prefixes.

theophany (thee-OF-uh-nee) noun

An appearance of a god to a person.

[From Medieval Latin theophania, from Late Greek theophaneia, from Greek theo- (god) + -phaneia (to show).]

See more usage examples of theophany in Vocabulary.com's dictionary.

-Anu Garg (garg AT wordsmith.org)

"Any mundane reality could yield a theophany, if approached with reverent imagination: a place, a rock, a tree, a man or a woman." Karen Armstrong; Divinity and Gender: a God For Both Sexes; The Economist (London, UK); Dec 21, 1996.

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