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.

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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. (en)
  • L'épiphanie (du grec ancien ἐπιφάνεια, epiphaneia, « manifestation, apparition soudaine ») est la compréhension soudaine de l'essence ou de la signification de quelque chose. Le terme peut être utilisé dans un sens philosophique ou littéral pour signifier qu'une personne a « trouvé la dernière pièce du puzzle et voit maintenant la chose dans son intégralité », ou a une nouvelle information ou expérience, souvent insignifiante en elle-même, qui illumine de façon fondamentale l'ensemble. Les épiphanies en tant que compréhensions soudaines ont rendu possible des percées dans le monde de la technologie et des sciences. Une épiphanie célèbre est celle d'Archimède, qui lui inspira son fameux Eurêka ! (J'ai trouvé !). (fr)
  • Epifanie is een literaire term die voortgekomen is uit het religieuze begrip epifanie. De term is het equivalent van 'plotselinge, verwarrende openbaring'. Betekenis: Een zich aan de ratio onttrekkende, plotselinge, kortdurende, diep inwerkende ervaring waarin een zintuiglijk waarneembaar element in de gewone, alledaagse werkelijkheid een niet binnen een gangbaar kader te plaatsen reactie oproept bij wie het ondergaat. (nl)
  • Epifania é uma súbita sensação de entendimento ou compreensão da essência de algo. Também pode ser um termo usado para a realização de um sonho com difícil realização. O termo é usado nos sentidos filosófico e literal para indicar que alguém "encontrou finalmente a última peça do quebra-cabeças e agora consegue ver a imagem completa". O termo é aplicado quando um pensamento inspirado e iluminante acontece, que parece ser divino em natureza (este é o uso em língua inglesa, principalmente, como na expressão "I just had an epiphany", o que indica que ocorreu um pensamento, naquele instante, que foi considerado único e inspirador, de uma natureza quase sobrenatural). (pt)
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  • Epifanie is een literaire term die voortgekomen is uit het religieuze begrip epifanie. De term is het equivalent van 'plotselinge, verwarrende openbaring'. Betekenis: Een zich aan de ratio onttrekkende, plotselinge, kortdurende, diep inwerkende ervaring waarin een zintuiglijk waarneembaar element in de gewone, alledaagse werkelijkheid een niet binnen een gangbaar kader te plaatsen reactie oproept bij wie het ondergaat. (nl)
  • Epifania é uma súbita sensação de entendimento ou compreensão da essência de algo. Também pode ser um termo usado para a realização de um sonho com difícil realização. O termo é usado nos sentidos filosófico e literal para indicar que alguém "encontrou finalmente a última peça do quebra-cabeças e agora consegue ver a imagem completa". O termo é aplicado quando um pensamento inspirado e iluminante acontece, que parece ser divino em natureza (este é o uso em língua inglesa, principalmente, como na expressão "I just had an epiphany", o que indica que ocorreu um pensamento, naquele instante, que foi considerado único e inspirador, de uma natureza quase sobrenatural). (pt)
  • 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. (en)
  • L'épiphanie (du grec ancien ἐπιφάνεια, epiphaneia, « manifestation, apparition soudaine ») est la compréhension soudaine de l'essence ou de la signification de quelque chose. Le terme peut être utilisé dans un sens philosophique ou littéral pour signifier qu'une personne a « trouvé la dernière pièce du puzzle et voit maintenant la chose dans son intégralité », ou a une nouvelle information ou expérience, souvent insignifiante en elle-même, qui illumine de façon fondamentale l'ensemble. (fr)
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  • Epiphany (feeling) (en)
  • Épiphanie (sentiment) (fr)
  • Epifanie (literatuur) (nl)
  • Epifania (pt)
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