revelation

noun
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

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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The news of the Russian success comes after revelations that the CIA's method of communicating with its informants had been compromised. NBC News, "Russian spies in the U.S. collected encrypted FBI radio traffic in huge operation, but did they crack it?," 16 Sep. 2019 After revelations that that Russians bankrolled thousands of fake political ads during the 2016 elections, Facebook and other social networks faced intense pressure to ensure that doesn’t happen again. Washington Post, "Facebook tightens political ad rules, but leaves loopholes," 28 Aug. 2019 UC Berkeley overhauled its admissions process for athletes five years ago after revelations that graduation rates on its men’s football and basketball teams ranked last in the country. Felicia Mello, The Mercury News, "Behind UC’s ‘admission by exception’ side door: sports, money, diversity — and secrecy," 19 Aug. 2019 But they've been given added urgency after revelations that the Russian government actively probed state election systems—including in Georgia—in 2016. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, "Judge orders Georgia to switch to paper ballots for 2020 elections," 16 Aug. 2019 But unlike Apple and Google, each of which halted listening to some of these recordings after the revelations, Microsoft appears to be merely updating its privacy policy to admit that yes, in fact, humans do review some of these recordings. Sean Hollister, The Verge, "Microsoft’s new privacy policy admits humans are listening to some Skype and Cortana recordings," 14 Aug. 2019 The commission opened an investigation into Facebook last year after revelations that data mining firm Cambridge Analytica had gathered details on as many as 87 million Facebook users without their permission. Author: Marcy Gordon And Barbara Ortutay, Anchorage Daily News, "FTC fines Facebook $5B, adds limited oversight on privacy," 24 July 2019 The commission opened an investigation into Facebook last year after revelations that data-mining firm Cambridge Analytica had gathered details on as many as 87 million Facebook users without their permission. Irina Ivanova, CBS News, "FTC's record $5 billion Facebook fine less than a tenth of company's revenue," 24 July 2019 After Sanders' revelation, Scroggins returned to his seat and told fellow defensive end Robert Porcher about their teammate's confession. Dave Birkett, Detroit Free Press, "This Detroit Lions player tried to talk Barry Sanders out of retirement," 19 July 2019

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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

noun

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 How to pronounce revelation (audio) \

Kids Definition of revelation

: a secret or surprising fact that is made known

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