I was trying to learn new words and when I was searching in translators they put this 출현, but I don't know, it was a different meaning of the real Epiphany one, can you guys help me with this?

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    what translator did you use? What was the result? Why do you think it was wrong? Have you tried a more reliable dictionary like naver or google translate? Please add these details to your question. Google translate easily gives me epiphany for 출현.
    – user17915
    Commented Jan 6, 2019 at 2:34
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    Please have a look at the links here for online resources for learning Korean: korean.stackexchange.com/questions/537/…, korean.stackexchange.com/questions/1815/…, korean.stackexchange.com/questions/2737/…
    – user17915
    Commented Jan 6, 2019 at 2:36
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    @user17915 ...and it would be wrong. No meaning of 출현 I know of has any overlap with the meaning of epiphany. In general, I think it's a terrible advice to ask users of this site to try Google translate. It's very hit-and-miss, and when it's wrong, the only possible explanation is "Well, what did you expect from Google Translate?"
    – jick
    Commented Jan 6, 2019 at 5:26
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    If by epiphany you mean realisation, I think the best translation is 깨달음. 출현 (出現) looks like the earlier Christian/religious definition of the word (A manifestation or appearance of a divine or superhuman being). Would you mind clarifying in the question what you mean by epiphany?
    – dROOOze
    Commented Jan 6, 2019 at 8:45
  • Also, the religious festival Epiphany is called 주현절 in Korean, whose hanja form is 主顯節 (not derived from 출현 / 出現).
    – Michaelyus
    Commented Feb 11, 2019 at 12:46

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Epiphany is said as 에피파니. In general, people do not use this word, except in a religious context.

1) It is a birthday or appearance (생일 또는 출현) :

My epiphany is 19th Dec. 내 생일은 12월 19일이다. Sometimes musicians use this so that fan interpret it as a birthday. That is, fan believe that the musician use that word to elaborate himself with heroic things.

2) It is realization (깨달음) :

Some singer use this word for title of the song. The lyric explains that he realizes his soul.

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