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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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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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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“Revelation.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Oct. 2022.

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Kids Definition of revelation

: a secret or surprising fact that is made known

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