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rev·e·la·tion

 (rĕv′ə-lā′shən)
n.
1.
a. The act of revealing or disclosing.
b. Something revealed, especially a dramatic disclosure of something not previously known or realized.
c. A sudden insight or idea: "I'd had the idea to dig up Dad's coffin ... I was lying in bed and I had the revelation, like a simple solution to an impossible problem" (Jonathan Safran Foer).
2. Theology A manifestation of divine will or truth.
3. Revelation See Table at Bible.

[Middle English revelacion, from Old French revelation, from Latin revēlātiō, revēlātiōn-, from revēlātus, past participle of revēlāre, to reveal; see reveal1.]

revelation

(ˌrɛvəˈleɪʃən)
n
1. the act or process of disclosing something previously secret or obscure, esp something true
2. a fact disclosed or revealed, esp in a dramatic or surprising way
3. (Ecclesiastical Terms) Christianity
a. God's disclosure of his own nature and his purpose for mankind, esp through the words of human intermediaries
b. something in which such a divine disclosure is contained, such as the Bible
4. (Bible) Christianity
a. God's disclosure of his own nature and his purpose for mankind, esp through the words of human intermediaries
b. something in which such a divine disclosure is contained, such as the Bible
[C14: from Church Latin revēlātiō from Latin revēlāre to reveal]
ˌreveˈlational adj

Revelation

(ˌrɛvəˈleɪʃən)
n
(Bible) (popularly, often plural) Also called: the Apocalypse or the Revelation of Saint John the Divine 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

rev•e•la•tion

(ˌrɛv əˈleɪ ʃən)

n.
1. the act of revealing or disclosing; disclosure.
2. something revealed or disclosed, esp. a striking disclosure, as of something not before realized.
3. Theol.
a. God's disclosure of Himself and His will to His creatures.
b. an instance of such communication or disclosure.
c. something thus communicated or disclosed.
d. something that contains such disclosure, as the Bible.
4. (cap.) Usu., Revelations. Also called The Revelation of St. John the Divine. the last book in the New Testament; the Apocalypse.
[1275–1325; Middle English revelacion (< Old French) < Late Latin revēlātiō= Latin revēlā(re) to reveal1 + -tiō -tion]
rev`e•la′tion•al, adj.
rev′e•la`tor, n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.revelation - the speech act of making something evidentrevelation - the speech act of making something evident
tattle, singing, telling - disclosing information or giving evidence about another
speech act - the use of language to perform some act
display - behavior that makes your feelings public; "a display of emotion"
divulgement, divulgence - the act of disclosing something that was secret or private
discovery - something that is discovered
discovery - (law) compulsory pretrial disclosure of documents relevant to a case; enables one side in a litigation to elicit information from the other side concerning the facts in the case
giveaway - an unintentional disclosure
informing, ratting - to furnish incriminating evidence to an officer of the law (usually in return for favors)
news leak, leak - unauthorized (especially deliberate) disclosure of confidential information
exposure - the disclosure of something secret; "they feared exposure of their campaign plans"
2.revelation - an enlightening or astonishing disclosure
brainstorm, brainwave, insight - the clear (and often sudden) understanding of a complex situation
3.revelation - communication of knowledge to man by a divine or supernatural agency
making known, informing - a speech act that conveys information
4.revelation - the last book of the New TestamentRevelation - the last book of the New Testament; contains visionary descriptions of heaven and of conflicts between good and evil and of the end of the world; attributed to Saint John the Apostle
Four Horsemen - (New Testament) the four evils that will come at the end of the world: conquest rides a white horse; war a red horse; famine a black horse; plague a pale horse
New Testament - the collection of books of the Gospels, Acts of the Apostles, the Pauline and other epistles, and Revelation; composed soon after Christ's death; the second half of the Christian Bible

revelation

revelation

noun
Something disclosed, especially something not previously known or realized:
Informal: eye opener.
Translations
كَشْفٌ مُثير للدَّهْشَهوَحْي، كَشْف
odhalenízjeveníobjev
afsløring
Jelenések könyve
afhjúpunafhjúpun, opinberun
atklājumsatklāšana
revelatie
açıklamaaçıklanan şey

revelation

[ˌrevəˈleɪʃən] Nrevelación f
(Book of) Revelationsel Apocalipsis
it was a revelation to mefue una revelación para mí

revelation

[ˌrɛvəˈleɪʃən] n
(= surprising fact) → révélation f
revelations about his private life → des révélations sur sa vie privée
(= eye-opener) → révélation f
Dali's show was a revelation → L'exposition Dali fut une révélation.
to be a revelation to sb → être une révélation pour qn
(= revealing) [affair, fact, secret] → révélation f
(RELIGION)révélation f

revelation

nEnthüllung f; (Rel) → Offenbarung f; (the book of) Revelationsdie Offenbarung (des Johannes); it was a revelation to medas hat mir die Augen geöffnet; what a revelation!unglaublich!

revelation

[ˌrɛvəˈleɪʃn] nrivelazione f
(the Book of the) Revelation (Bible) → l'Apocalisse f

revelation

(revəˈleiʃən) noun
1. the act of revealing secrets, information etc. the revelation of the true facts.
2. something made known. amazing revelations.
References in classic literature ?
said Jo, enjoying the innocent revelation as much as the Professor.
In the bell tower of the Presbyterian Church the Reverend Curtis Hartman was sitting in the darkness preparing him- self for a revelation from God, and Kate Swift, the school teacher, was leaving her house for a walk in the storm.
The recognition did not lessen the reality, the poignancy of the revelation by any suggestion or promise of instability.
You have no warranty for such an audacious doctrine, nor any covenant to support it," cried David who was deeply tinctured with the subtle distinctions which, in his time , and more especially in his province, had been drawn around the beautiful simplicity of revelation, by endeavoring to penetrate the awful mystery of the divine nature, supplying faith by self-sufficiency, and by consequence, involving those who reasoned from such human dogmas in absurdities and doubt; "your temple is reared on the sands, and the first tempest will wash away its foundation.
After such a revelation, let him smile with what sultriness he would, he could much sooner turn grapes purple, or pumpkins yellow, than melt the iron-branded impression out of the beholder's memory.
Some authors, indeed, do far more than this, and indulge themselves in such confidential depths of revelation as could fittingly be addressed only and exclusively to the one heart and mind of perfect sympathy; as if the printed book, thrown at large on the wide world, were certain to find out the divided segment of the writer's own nature, and complete his circle of existence by bringing him into communion with it.
There had been, this evening, after the revelation left me, for an hour, so prostrate--there had been, for either of us, no attendance on any service but a little service of tears and vows, of prayers and promises, a climax to the series of mutual challenges and pledges that had straightway ensued on our retreating together to the schoolroom and shutting ourselves up there to have everything out.
Captain Peleg's bruited reason for this thing appeared by no means adequate; though, indeed, as touching all Ahab's deeper part, every revelation partook more of significant darkness than of explanatory light.
Mas'r George, by request, read the last chapters of Revelation, often interrupted by such exclamations as "The sakes now
I do not know that this higher knowledge amounts to anything more definite than a novel and grand surprise on a sudden revelation of the insufficiency of all that we called Knowledge before--a discovery that there are more things in heaven and earth than are dreamed of in our philosophy.
Yes, here was a curious revelation, indeed, of the depth to which this people had been sunk in slavery.
They read those playful trifles in the solidest terms, and decided without hesitancy that if there had ever been any doubt that Dave Wilson was a pudd'nhead-- which there hadn't--this revelation removed that doubt for good and all.