revelation

noun

rev·​e·​la·​tion ˌre-və-ˈlā-shən How to pronounce revelation (audio)
1
a
: an act of revealing or communicating divine truth
b
: something that is revealed by God to humans
2
a
: 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

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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Word History

Etymology

Middle English revelacioun, from Anglo-French, from Late Latin revelation-, revelatio, from Latin revelare to reveal

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of revelation was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“Revelation.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/revelation. Accessed 20 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition

revelation

1 of 2 noun
rev·​e·​la·​tion ˌrev-ə-ˈlā-shən How to pronounce revelation (audio)
1
: an act of revealing or making known divine truth
2
a
: an act of revealing to view
b
: something that is revealed
especially : a surprising or astonishing disclosure

Revelation

2 of 2 noun
Rev·​e·​la·​tion
ˌrev-ə-ˈlā-shən
: a writing dealing with the end of the world addressed to early Christians of Asia Minor and included as a book in the New Testament see bible

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