- the act of revealing or disclosing; disclosure.
- something revealed or disclosed, especially a striking disclosure, as of something not before realized.
- God's disclosure of Himself and His will to His creatures.
- an instance of such communication or disclosure.
- something thus communicated or disclosed.
- something that contains such disclosure, as the Bible.
- (initial capital letter) Also called Revelations, The Revelation of St. John the Divine. the last book in the New Testament; the Apocalypse. Abbreviation: Rev.
Origin of revelation
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Examples from the Web for revelation
There was the empathetic way she dealt with the revelation that Mrs. Baxter is a former criminal.‘Downton Abbey’ Review: A Fire, Some Sex, and Sad, Sad Edith
January 5, 2015
The revelation that, at age 42, Ben Affleck has one hell of an ass.Year of the Butt: How the Booty Changed the World in 2014
December 30, 2014
Quite why anyone is as shocked and surprised by this “revelation” as some are claiming, is beyond me.Meet Zoella—The Newbie Author Whose Book Sales Topped J.K. Rowling
December 11, 2014
And, he adds, God promises in Revelation 11:18 that “I will destroy those who destroy the Earth.”Extreme Weather? Blame the End Times
November 28, 2014
That suited us until the revelation of these alleged, awful crimes.Newsflash: Bill Cosby Is Not Cliff Huxtable
November 20, 2014
The past had a certain revelation of truth; but the revelation of truth did not end with the past.The Conquest of Fear
It was to her the revelation of a heart, and she saw with reverence.Weighed and Wanting
At this revelation a vivid blush glowed on Gracie Dennis' cheek.Ester Ried Yet Speaking
The man who had so loved her, so trusted her, was overwhelmed by the revelation.Within the Law
What magic in the utterance, what a revelation of Cleopatra's character and of Shakespeare's!The Man Shakespeare
- the act or process of disclosing something previously secret or obscure, esp something true
- a fact disclosed or revealed, esp in a dramatic or surprising way
- God's disclosure of his own nature and his purpose for mankind, esp through the words of human intermediaries
- something in which such a divine disclosure is contained, such as the Bible
- Also called: the Apocalypse, the Revelation of Saint John the Divine (popularly, often plural) the last book of the New Testament, containing visionary descriptions of heaven, of conflicts between good and evil, and of the end of the world
Word Origin and History for revelation
c.1300, "disclosure of information to man by a divine or supernatural agency," from Old French revelacion and directly from Latin revelationem (nominative revelatio), noun of action from past participle stem of revelare "unveil, uncover, lay bare" (see reveal). General meaning "disclosure of facts" is attested from late 14c.; meaning "striking disclosure" is from 1862. As the name of the last book of the New Testament (Revelation of St. John), it is first attested late 14c. (see apocalypse); as simply Revelations, it is first recorded 1690s.