Definition of revelation in English:


Line breaks: reve|la¦tion
Pronunciation: /rɛvəˈleɪʃ(ə)n


  • 2 [mass noun] The divine or supernatural disclosure to humans of something relating to human existence: an attempt to reconcile Darwinian theories with biblical revelation [count noun]: 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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