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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Recent Examples on the Web Whatever its claims to intimacy or revelation, the book is really an extended tribute to the comforts of Amis’s favorite forms of armored thinking—dichotomy, taxonomy, generalization, definition, prescription, and proscription. Leo Robson, Harper's Magazine, "A Swing and Amis," 27 Oct. 2020 Even though the initial run of Gossip Girl came to an end in 2012, viewers still aren't over one thing—the revelation that Dan was actually Gossip Girl all along. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Blake Lively Hilariously Reacts to Gossip Girl's Identity Eights Years After the Show Ended," 25 Oct. 2020 In one scene where Jonathan reveals an important revelation about his sister — an emotional release for him — Grace seems hardly moved, offering little response. Matt Hurwitz, Washington Post, "Nicole Kidman and Hugh Grant can’t tell you the twists in ‘The Undoing.’ But even they were shocked by the story.," 23 Oct. 2020 Saying that Cabello has been his muse for every song written in the past five years of his career is quite the romantic revelation. Ineye Komonibo,, "Defying All Logic, Shawn Mendes Says Every Song He’s Ever Written Is About Camila Cabello," 21 Oct. 2020 Perhaps some last-minute revelation will derail the confirmation. Gerard Baker, WSJ, "Amy Coney Barrett and the Dogma That Didn’t Bark," 19 Oct. 2020 Since the revelation, the cemetery has brought together descendants of the freedmen who once lived in the area and the neighborhood residents who live there today. Vincent T. Davis,, "Retired major helps uncover long-lost African American cemetery in San Antonio neighborhood," 19 Oct. 2020 The rapid revelation that the Colts had been hit by false positives limited the damage the tests might have done to a team preparing for game day. Joel A. Erickson, The Indianapolis Star, "Frank Reich, Colts get normal Friday work done despite COVID-19 false positives," 16 Oct. 2020 ProgressOhio Managing Director Michael McGovern stated that the revelation that Yost’s office was subpoenaed shows that Yost should appoint a special prosecutor to investigate HB6. Jeremy Pelzer, cleveland, "Feds subpoenaed AG Dave Yost’s office as part of HB6 bribery investigation," 16 Oct. 2020

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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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The first known use of revelation was in the 14th century

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30 Oct 2020

Cite this Entry

“Revelation.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 31 Oct. 2020.

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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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