Definition of revelation
2a : an act of revealing to view or making knownb : something that is revealed; especially : an enlightening or astonishing disclosure shocking revelationsc : 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
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.
Recent Examples of revelation from the Web
But the revelations, many implicating industry bigshots, are at least leading to some humbled self-reflection in an industry long criticized as arrogant and self-centered.
Drew took over for Dave Bliss, who resigned after the scandal, which also included revelations of payments to recruits.
But the revelation that Ibn Hajar revised and re-revised his commentary on hadith offers an important reminder: Islam can’t be reduced to a single sacred book, frozen in time.
But the person most relieved by this grand revelation is none other than the actress who's been playing A.D. all this time.
Left-hander Wandy Peralta has been a revelation and worked himself into leverage roles, and right-hander Austin Brice was performing at a high level before having rough outings his last few times on the mound.
One revelation: The state's coastal counties were spared the worst.
Twitter C.E.O. Jack Dorsey, who is also trying to stream more video, has had the same revelation.
The revelations about his lifestyle have been quietly acknowledged and largely forgotten.
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Origin and Etymology of revelation
Middle English revelacioun, from Anglo-French, from Late Latin revelation-, revelatio, from Latin revelare to reveal
First Known Use: 14th centurySee Words from the same year
REVELATION Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of revelation for English Language Learners
: 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
REVELATION Defined for Kids
Definition of revelation for Students
: a secret or surprising fact that is made known
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