Anyway, it turns out that I must have struck some kind of weird chord because the search words "Opposite of Epiphany" are actually responsible for a hell of a lot of my drive-by traffic. And I realize that all of those poor people seeking a word for the Opposite of Epiphany must be sorely disappointed when they get here and I have nothing to offer them. So, as a public service, let's seek to remedy that situation.
Epiphany (n) a sudden, intuitive perception of or insight into the reality or essential meaning of something, usually initiated by some simple, homely, or commonplace occurrence or experience.
The etymology seems to be from the Greek; from epi- "on, to" + phainein "to show".
Therefore, we apparently need some Greek that combines to mean "off, from" + "hide". Or, I'll accept other origins, but the meaning should be "a sluggish, induced misconception of an idea, fact or theory, usually inspired by some rigorously repeated misdirection".
I'm open to suggestions with the following caveats:
1.) This will be an utterly useless word which will have very limited utility, excepting, as a
2.) descriptor for students using texts following the guidlines set by the Texas Education Board's Advisory Committee.
I will champion the living shit out of whatever word you guys help me coin. Have at it.