What is the word that best describes the transformation one goes through after having an epiphany?

My girlfriend swears there is a word for this besides epiphany, transformative, revelation, etc. Is she possibly misremembering or is there a specific word for that?

  • Epiphany has a lot of different meanings: realising how to solve a (possibly minor) problem; having a major realisation about your life leading to a change in career or vocation; to the manifestation of a divine being.
    – Stuart F
    Jan 21 at 17:27
  • Are you seeking a word that describes experiencing an epiphany or one that describes the effects of experiencing an epiphany? The former might be easier to narrow down than the latter since there is no singular response to an epiphany.
    – KnotWright
    Jan 25 at 18:18

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You could say that the realization remade you, that you were reborn, or that it caused you to reinterpret things. You could say that the change was tectonic. If the realization was unpleasant, you could say that it shook you to your core.


This might be a Damascene moment or Damascene conversion. Both phrases allude to Paul's conversion to Christianity on the road to Damascus.


You may be thinking of transfiguration:

  1. a change in form or appearance (metamorphosis)
  2. an exalting, glorifying, or spiritual change (M-W)

OxfordL defines the word as

a complete change of form or appearance into a more beautiful or spiritual state.


It sounds like she had a breakthrough.


She might have made a quantum leap in understanding ...

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