revelation

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noun rev·e·la·tion \ˌre-və-ˈlā-shən\

Definition of revelation

  1. 1a :  an act of revealing or communicating divine truthb :  something that is revealed by God to humans

  2. 2a :  an act of revealing to view or making knownb :  something that is revealed; especially :  an enlightening or astonishing disclosure shocking revelationsc :  a pleasant often enlightening surprise her talent was a revelation

  3. 3 capitalized :  an apocalyptic writing addressed to early Christians of Asia Minor and included as a book in the New Testament —called also Apocalypse — see bible table

Examples of revelation in a Sentence

  1. The book includes many shocking revelations about the mayor's personal life.

  2. The revelation that she was a drug user was not a surprise to me.

  3. Revelations by the newspaper caused a scandal.

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Origin and Etymology of revelation

Middle English revelacioun, from Anglo-French, from Late Latin revelation-, revelatio, from Latin revelare to reveal

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REVELATION Defined for English Language Learners

revelation

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Definition of revelation for English Language Learners

  • : a usually secret or surprising fact that is made known

  • : an act of making something known : an act of revealing something in usually a surprising way

  • : something that surprises you


REVELATION Defined for Kids

revelation

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noun rev·e·la·tion \ˌre-və-ˈlā-shən\

Definition of revelation for Students

  1. :  a secret or surprising fact that is made known



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