rev·​e·​la·​tion | \ ˌre-və-ˈlā-shən How to pronounce revelation (audio) \

Definition of revelation

1a : an act of revealing or communicating divine truth
b : something that is revealed by God to humans
2a : an act of revealing to view or making known
b : something that is revealed especially : an enlightening or astonishing disclosure shocking revelations
c : a pleasant often enlightening surprise her talent was a revelation
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

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Synonyms for revelation


disclosure, divulgence, exposure

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Examples of revelation in a Sentence

The book includes many shocking revelations about the mayor's personal life. The revelation that she was a drug user was not a surprise to me. Revelations by the newspaper caused a scandal.
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After the revelations that Russia had interfered in the 2016 election while favoring Trump, the negotiations took on new significance. Alex Ward, Vox, "Why Michael Cohen’s Trump Tower Moscow revelation matters, in under 500 words," 30 Nov. 2018 Chen has a realization that perhaps he’s thrown his life away in a fruitless pursuit, but after a revelation, throws himself back into study. Andrew Liptak, The Verge, "From the author of The Three-Body Problem," 15 Sep. 2018 And the only potentially useful thing Ashley says to Camille in the entire episode comes right after this revelation. Emma Dibdin, Harper's BAZAAR, "Sharp Objects Episode 6: Camille Is in Deep Trouble," 13 Aug. 2018 And here’s one of the more shocking revelations: Russia promoted violence in the event of a Trump loss. Alex Ward, Vox, "4 main takeaways from new reports on Russia’s 2016 election interference," 17 Dec. 2018 Discussions about spending priorities come at a time when Brazilians have been battered by near-daily revelations of vast sums raked off of public contracts by political corruption, in total several billion dollars over more than a decade. Mauricio Savarese, Fox News, "Brazil museum fire sparks soul searching about spending," 27 Sep. 2018 Australian state governments are ramping up pressure on the church to report child abuse and are legislating to prosecute priests who maintain that revelations of pedophilia made in the confessional cannot be disclosed. Rod Mcguirk, USA TODAY, "Australian bishop sentenced to year’s detention for child sex abuse cover-up," 2 July 2018 The revelation caused Danny to pause—but just for a moment. Jennifer Aldrich, Country Living, "'Blue Bloods' Reveals Linda Reagan Returned to Give Danny an Important Message," 1 Mar. 2019 The revelations offer the latest examples of prominent white people facing harsh criticism for wearing blackface. Jesse J. Holland, The Seattle Times, "Explaining the outrage: Racist history of American blackface began in the 1830s," 6 Feb. 2019

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First Known Use of revelation

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for revelation

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

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English Language Learners Definition of revelation

: 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


rev·​e·​la·​tion | \ ˌre-və-ˈlā-shən How to pronounce revelation (audio) \

Kids Definition of revelation

: a secret or surprising fact that is made known

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