Definition of revelation in English:


Syllabification: rev·e·la·tion
Pronunciation: /ˌrevəˈlāSHən


  • 1A surprising and previously unknown fact, especially one that is made known in a dramatic way: revelations about his personal life
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    • Surprised by the revelation, Shanza slipped in the sand again.
    • In fact, the American landscape occasionally yields surprising revelations of continuity.
    • A Pisces person can shock or surprise you with a revelation; it's best not to react but to give yourself time to understand and respond.
    disclosure, surprising fact, announcement, report; admission, confession
  • 1.1The making known of something that was previously secret or unknown: the revelation of an alleged plot to assassinate the king
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    • Those in charge obviously feel that the greater risk is the unlawful revelation of trade secrets.
    • She incapacitates him through her revelation of the secret of his birth at a moment when he should have been at his strongest.
    • Yet the structure of the novel, the elements of revelation of character and plot, have been rearranged in quite a strange way.
    divulging, divulgence, disclosure, disclosing, letting slip, letting drop, giving away, giving out, leaking, leak, betrayal, unveiling, making known, making public, broadcasting, publicizing, dissemination, reporting, report, declaring, declaration
  • 1.2Used to emphasize the surprising or remarkable quality of someone or something: seeing them play at international level was a revelation
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    • Barcelona footballer Ronaldinho is an absolute revelation for taking the game to a different level.
    • ‘The singing skills of some our guests were an absolute revelation,’ says Asokan.
    • For those lucky enough to have caught onto his comedy before his untimely death, Hicks was an absolute revelation.
  • 2The divine or supernatural disclosure to humans of something relating to human existence or the world: an attempt to reconcile Darwinian theories with biblical revelation a divine revelation
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    • We simply must rely on God to give us divine revelation by his Holy Spirit.
    • Also included under this heading are all false religions or cults which claim supernatural revelation but contradict the Bible.
    • Pope John Paul II has said that divine revelation reveals not only God to man but man to himself.
  • 2.1 (Revelation or Revelations; in full the Revelation of St John the Divine) The last book of the New Testament, recounting a divine revelation of the future to St. John.



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  • History becomes revelational not in itself, or as such, but through the illuminating work of God, who uses history both to verify and to challenge human understandings of scriptural truth-claims.
  • The immediate problem with these reformulations of doctrine, of course, is the extent to which they fulfill Ritschl's notion of a revelational rediscovery.
  • This revelational aspect of Page's poetry - which I am going to suggest is much less integral to her more recent work - is inseparable from her vision of vision.


Middle English (in the theological sense): from Old French, or from late Latin revelatio(n-), from revelare 'lay bare' (see reveal1). Sense 1 dates from the mid 19th century.

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