self-rev·​e·​la·​tion ˌself-ˌre-və-ˈlā-shən How to pronounce self-revelation (audio)
: revelation of one's own thoughts, feelings, and attitudes especially without deliberate intent

Examples of self-revelation in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Our nomadic protagonist doesn’t get very far in terms of distance, but his Jersey adventure yields self-revelations and transcendent encounters. Lovia Gyarkye, The Hollywood Reporter, 26 Jan. 2024 Critics favorably compared Julius, Cole’s Afropolitan Gen X Hamlet, to the narrators of W. G. Sebald, and identified his opacity as a rejection of the self-revelation expected from immigrant narratives. Julian Lucas, The New Yorker, 9 Oct. 2023 Between wanderlust and self-revelation, Nikki confronts unexpected twists and turns, from launching the first feminist travel publication, Unearth Women, to investigating a mysterious family murder in Colombia, to navigating new love and sordid affairs. Sarah Yang, Sunset Magazine, 29 Sep. 2023 Credit Lions for Lambs with reminding us that self-revelation has disappeared from our contemporary gaslighting culture, even though that’s what movie stars of Redford’s, Cruise’s, and Streep’s stature are supposed to do. Armond White, National Review, 17 May 2023 This is a novel, above all, for readers drawn to considering language itself as a source of self-revelation. Idra Novey, New York Times, 18 Apr. 2023 Lewis: This season, she’s predominantly made up of shame, guilt, denial and then a fierce and ignited purpose of seeking redemption, or self-revelation. Lorraine Ali, Los Angeles Times, 23 Mar. 2023 Meanwhile, Harry dropped new self-revelations in a weekend interview. Karla Adam, Washington Post, 5 Mar. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1651, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of self-revelation was in 1651

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“Self-revelation.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Mar. 2024.

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