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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Synonyms for revelation


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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The 2007 revelation in GQ magazine is just one of the litany of Johnson's admitted indiscretions that has done little to shake his popularity among Conservative voters. Tara John, CNN, "British prime minister hopeful reportedly admits to cocaine use, but the public may not care," 8 June 2019 The committee issued a subpoena last month to Hicks and Annie Donaldson, the former chief of staff to McGahn, in light of revelations in special counsel Robert Mueller's report. CBS News, "White House instructs Hope Hicks not to give documents to House committee," 4 June 2019 But current and former Googlers have been riled by the revelations in Gallagher’s report. Casey Newton, The Verge, "A looming strike over Project Dragonfly is putting new pressure on Google," 30 Nov. 2018 Another revelation in the new documents is that Cohen has met Mueller’s team seven times at this point. Andrew Prokop, Vox, "6 takeaways from Michael Cohen’s new plea deal with Mueller," 29 Nov. 2018 Under this velvet sky, expect major revelations in all interpersonal dynamics. Aliza Kelly Faragher, Allure, "What Your Sign's October 2018 Horoscope Predictions Mean for You," 30 Sep. 2018 In the immediate aftermath of the revelations in court by Mr. Cohen, top Democrats proceeded cautiously—tamping down talk of impeachment but saying Congress must hold Mr. Trump and his associates accountable. Byron Tau, WSJ, "Democrats Aim Fire at Kavanaugh Nomination After Cohen Plea," 22 Aug. 2018 That's the biggest revelation in the amended 2017 campaign finance reports Pastor filed Friday afternoon after requesting two previous extensions to make corrections. Sharon Coolidge,, "At last, some answers about Cincinnati Councilman Jeff Pastor's campaign finances," 8 July 2018 Pavard has emerged as something of a revelation in the France side which has reached the World Cup quarter finals, becoming a regular fixture in Didier Deschamps’ rear-guard, utilised at right back ahead of the more experienced Djibril Sidibe., "Bayern Munich Preparing Big Money Move for French World Cup Star Benjamin Pavard Next Summer," 4 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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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) \

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: a secret or surprising fact that is made known

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