2 : an appearance or manifestation especially of a divine being

3 a (1) : a usually sudden manifestation or perception of the essential nature or meaning of something

(2) : an intuitive grasp of reality through something (as an event) usually simple and striking

(3) : an illuminating discovery, realization, or disclosure b : a revealing scene or moment




The Annunciation by Henry Tanner



On her bed of doubt
in wrinkled night garment,
she sat, glancing with fear
at the golden shaft of streaming light,
pondering perhaps, “Was this
but a sequel to a dream?”
This light too bright for disbelief,
yet its silence eased not her trembling.