rev·e·la·tion | \ ˌre-və-ˈlā-shən \

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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The revelation only compounded the increasing skepticism toward cultural efforts abroad. Amanda Laugesen, Smithsonian, "This Cold War-Era Publishing House Wanted To Share American Values With the World," 13 July 2018 But this will be Strzok’s first public testimony in front of Congress since the revelations about his texts. Alex Ward, Vox, "How to watch FBI agent Peter Strzok’s testimony in front of Congress," 12 July 2018 The judge in his decision highlighted two revelations from Carter’s trial. Jeff Truesdell,, "Mass. Teen Who Urged Boyfriend to Kill Himself in Texts Says It Was Free Speech, Not Crime," 12 July 2018 The revelations prompted calls in Congress for intervention by the Federal Trade Commission and investigations in at least two states. Julia Jacobs, New York Times, "In Twitter Purge, Top Accounts Lose Millions of Followers," 12 July 2018 In a 2016 study, Jon Penney, an assistant professor at the Schulich School of Law at Dalhousie University in Nova Scotia tracked traffic patterns for users accessing Wikipedia pages before and after Edward Snowden's NSA revelations in 2013. Lily Hay Newman, WIRED, "The ACLU's Biggest Roadblock to Fighting Mass Surveillance," 29 June 2018 Following the promotional video, fans appeared slightly concerned that the kit would actually turn out to be purple, and have recently been reacting to the official revelation on Twitter., "Liverpool Fans React to the Launch of Their New Away Kit," 13 June 2018 After each introduction, the adult volunteers applauded and cheered, as if each name were a triumph, each food a revelation. Amelia Nierenberg,, "‘It feels nice to be with other people who have been through it:’ At Camp Kangaroo, grieving kids come together to talk, reflect, and play," 14 July 2018 Nevins is not named in this indictment, but the revelation that a candidate also communicated with Russian hackers indicates yet another point of contact in a conspiracy that went beyond Trump’s campaign. Jonathan Chait, Daily Intelligencer, "Mueller’s New Indictment Points to Collusion With Russia," 13 July 2018

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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


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Kids Definition of revelation

: a secret or surprising fact that is made known

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