Can "manifest" mean "above, over, highest" and the likes, as in the statement: "you are the manifest, there is nothing above you"?

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    manifest error :-)
    – JavaLatte
    Commented Mar 8, 2016 at 16:47
  • I wonder if you confused manifest with magnificent. Commented Mar 8, 2016 at 17:19
  • No confusion. The word was translated from Arabic as Adh-Dhahir whereas magnificent would be Ar-Rayi. Commented Mar 8, 2016 at 17:47
  • In the 19th century US there was a belief system referred to as Manifest destiny. Not sure if this is what you have in mind, though.
    – user3169
    Commented Mar 8, 2016 at 18:18
  • Manifest means 'clearly visible'. In the saying "You are The Manifest, there is nothing above You", nothing above you is not an explanation of the term The Manifest: it employs the term The Manifest as a title of Allah (see Quran 57:3). In fact, it seems to be a witty pun on one meaning of dhihar, "the sense of a word which first comes to mind in a particular context" (source). So the meaning in the saying is You are Allah, there is nothing above You. Commented Mar 8, 2016 at 22:50

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I wouldn't want to say that it can't be used this way, but I think it sounds quite odd. I would not use manifest in that way!

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