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  • Wordmall: 'what is the opposite of an epiphany? Frankly, I’ve had difficulty finding a word endorsed by widespread usage... So, let me approach the question from an etymological perspective. An epiphany leads a person to a burst of internal light. We need a term to metaphorically express leading a person to a dark cave. Let’s save the epi-, meaning to, and let’s add the combining form -calyptry, from the Greek kalyptra, covered and hidden as by a veil.

    'Thus, we have epicalyptry ep´-ee-cal-ip´-tree, deliberate concealment from self or resistance to insight. Spread the word, folks. Let’s get it into dictionaries.'

    October 23, 2008