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 Disney disclosing the Premier Access take for Black Widow is a rare revelation. Chris Smith, BGR, 12 July 2021 Tesson is hardly the first to sing the praises of patience—see Ecclesiastes, or, for that matter, my mother—but that doesn’t stop him from presenting it to the reader as a revelation. Kathryn Schulz, The New Yorker, 5 July 2021 Henderson, the 42nd overall pick in the 2019 MLB draft, was a revelation at Low-A Delmarva to begin the season, batting .312 with a .944 OPS and eight home runs in 35 games before his promotion. Jon Meoli,, 3 July 2021 But, in a painful revelation, the latest Mario Golf teaches you that too much change can be a bad thing. Will Bedingfield, Wired, 29 June 2021 Around every corner, something new awaits -- a curiosity or a mind-blowing revelation. Ashley Strickland, CNN, 26 June 2021 That pain was triggered by a shocking revelation concerning their children's remains. Erica Davies, CBS News, 26 June 2021 At the time of her arrest, Maxwell informed authorities that she had been married since 2016 – a surprise revelation to prosecutors, the public and even Maxwell’s own family. James Hill, ABC News, 25 June 2021 David Schwimmer's ex-girlfriend Natalie Imbruglia is reacting to the actor's revelation about having feelings for Jennifer Aniston while the pair costarred on Friends. Ally Mauch,, 24 June 2021

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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 24 Jul. 2021.

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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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