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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 ?
It was that if the chief proof of the Divinity was His revelation of what is right, how is it this revelation is confined to the Christian church alone?
Theology stood on guard for the old views and accused the new of violating revelation.
It would be better to avoid it by omitting all mention of my Revelation, and by proceeding on the path of Demonstration -- which after all, seemed so simple and so conclusive that nothing would be lost by discarding the former means.
To see a camel train laden with the spices of Arabia and the rare fabrics of Persia come marching through the narrow alleys of the bazaar, among porters with their burdens, money-changers, lamp-merchants, Al-naschars in the glassware business, portly cross-legged Turks smoking the famous narghili; and the crowds drifting to and fro in the fanciful costumes of the East, is a genuine revelation of the Orient.
We distinguish the announcements of the soul, its manifestations of its own nature, by the term Revelation.
The same day I called on Lady Janet to thank her, and encountered a new revelation of the wayward and original character of my dear old aunt.
Prosperity is the blessing of the Old Testament; adversity is the blessing of the New; which carrieth the greater benediction, and the clearer revelation of God's favor.
I thought that I saw through his eyes a human affair of that most sorrowful sort as it must appear to the Infinite Compassion; the book is a sort of revelation of human nature in circumstances that have been so perpetually lied about that we have almost lost the faculty of perceiving the truth concerning an illicit love.
From his death followed the second bereavement which had made the house desolate; the helpless position of the daughters whose prosperous future had been his dearest care; the revelation of the secret which had overwhelmed her that morning; the disclosure, more terrible still, which she now stood committed to make to the orphan sisters.
How shall I tell of Thee who, first and last of all women, gave and awoke in me that love which is the golden key of the world, the mystic revelation of the holy meaning of life, love that alone may pass through the awful gates of the stars, and gaze unafraid into the blue abysses beyond?
It is needless to relate them here; they came out at his trial, and the revelation of his calmness in confronting them came near to saving his neck.
But to represent the Almighty as avenging the sins of the guilty on the innocent, was indecent, if not blasphemous, as it was to represent him acting against the first principles of natural justice, and against the original notions of right and wrong, which he himself had implanted in our minds; by which we were to judge not only in all matters which were not revealed, but even of the truth of revelation itself.