revelation

noun
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

Synonyms

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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Yet the accretion of meticulous observation endows the pitiless narrative tone with the authority of revelation, and O’Hara’s steady focus on the arc of Julian’s catastrophe never loosens its hold on the reader’s interest. Jamie James, WSJ, "‘John O’Hara: Four Novels of the 1930s’ Review: Big Fish in Small Towns," 3 Jan. 2019 Those kinds of revelations happen for the audience too, thanks to the fact that Mazzei’s firsthand experience in camming informed much of the script. Carl Kelsch, Marie Claire, "'Cam' Is the Sex-Positive Horror Movie You Have to See," 24 Dec. 2018 Both of these revelations have been widely reported. Kurt Wagner, Recode, "Instagram posts from Russian meddlers played a much bigger role in the 2016 election than we thought," 17 Dec. 2018 The antitrust / competition implications of the latest Facebook revelations need be discussed more by the media. Colin Lecher, The Verge, "Facebook fends off new anti-monopoly questions after UK email release," 5 Dec. 2018 After more than four years of revelations of widespread corruption within Brazil's political class, anger is running high in the country, and analysts initially predicted this would be a change election. Fox News, "Stabbing of a leading Brazilian candidate could reshape race," 7 Sep. 2018 That's one of the revelations found in Myanmar, where a baby snaked has been discovered trapped in amber and aged back to the Cretaceous period 99 million years ago. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Oldest Ever Baby Snake Discovered in Forest Amber," 19 July 2018 In Brazil most of the revelations from Lava Jato have been given to mainstream newspapers by prosecutors. The Economist, "Latin America’s new media are growing up," 14 July 2018 Such is Ryan’s devotion to his characters that none of this feels willed but rather like the best kind of revelation. Margot Livesey, BostonGlobe.com, "Braiding lives of a Syrian refugee, a failed 23-year-old, and elderly accountant," 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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revelation

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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

revelation

noun
rev·​e·​la·​tion | \ ˌre-və-ˈlā-shən \

Kids Definition of revelation

: a secret or surprising fact that is made known

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