Definition of revelation in English:

revelation

noun

  • 1A surprising and previously unknown fact that has been disclosed to others:

    ‘revelations about his personal life’
    • ‘The Democratic Alliance said the revelations came as no surprise, as police officers were being forced to moonlight in order to make ends meet.’
    • ‘Those incidents prompted him to restart the computer security inquiry, and new revelations have emerged at today's hearing.’
    • ‘There were some startling revelations along the way that made me check and recheck in complete amazement.’
    • ‘The latest genetic revelation comes in the journal Science from an Australian working in America.’
    • ‘Professor Willy Maley of Glasgow University said he was not surprised by the revelations about Welsh's literary tastes.’
    • ‘Each new revelation was the smoking gun that was going to end his presidency.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Surprised by the revelation, Shanza slipped in the sand again.’
    • ‘Clearly, both the media and the public were surprised by the revelation that Isaac Newton was an apocalyptic thinker.’
    • ‘The Deputy Planning Officer's report begins with a surprising revelation.’
    • ‘Another hour and the virtually constant stream of questions, revelations and personal admissions had all but dried up.’
    • ‘Not till the recent revelations in The Sunday Times was the real story disclosed.’
    • ‘In early February, the latest revelations emerged.’
    • ‘But the cascade of recent revelations has left human rights groups understandably alarmed.’
    • ‘Peggy is keen to publish the sculptor's memoirs but Alice thinks the past holds no interest until some shocking revelations are disclosed.’
    • ‘There are some startling new revelations tonight about Marilyn's life and death.’
    • ‘Among the revelations were the fact that Ibiza's understaffed customs had not made a single arrest for drug smuggling in two years.’
    • ‘While it contains a shocking revelation, its impact is diluted by the immensely overlong justification which accompanies it.’
    • ‘In fact, the American landscape occasionally yields surprising revelations of continuity.’
    • ‘Emin was surprised by the revelations last night.’
    disclosure, surprising fact, divulgence, declaration, utterance, announcement, report, news, leak, avowal
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    1. 1.1[mass noun] The making known of something that was previously secret or unknown:
      ‘the revelation of a plot to assassinate the king’
      • ‘The moment of revelation came in the last two paragraphs.’
      • ‘The revelation of the big secret is a bit of a letdown.’
      • ‘The revelation of the secret of incest tears the family and, by analogy, the nation, apart.’
      • ‘He longs for the revelation of the truths enshrined in the Upanishads.’
      • ‘An attempt at tragedy in the book's last quarter all but tips the book into oblivion with the revelation of a family secret so silly that Sunset Beach would reject it.’
      • ‘Chuckling to myself, I awaited the revelation of my secret weapon with anticipation.’
      • ‘Yet the structure of the novel, the elements of revelation of character and plot, have been rearranged in quite a strange way.’
      • ‘Some Health Ministry officials were concerned that the revelation of the whole truth would cause panic.’
      • ‘Those in charge obviously feel that the greater risk is the unlawful revelation of trade secrets.’
      • ‘They hardly know each other until the revelation of a secret in their past reunites them again.’
      • ‘Significantly, the corporate media has all but completely ignored the revelations of wrongdoing by Immigration Canada officials.’
      • ‘Despite revelations of wrongdoing in high places during recent years, Ireland remains a society obsessed with secrecy.’
      • ‘She incapacitates him through her revelation of the secret of his birth at a moment when he should have been at his strongest.’
      • ‘Fuller doesn't rouse his audiences with smooth patter and startling revelations of abuse he's suffered.’
      • ‘Deterrence's objective is secret, only for domestic consumption, or for later revelation by history.’
      • ‘The Prime Minister's revelation of a possible Government ban on public smoking has been welcomed by Swindon health watchdogs.’
      • ‘And the unintended revelation of that simple truth is probably enough to recommend the film.’
      • ‘Shock revelations follow as the story unravels, the plot thickens and the audience grows more intrigued.’
      • ‘Neither Howard nor any Minister had nailed their colours to the mast in a way that would have made revelation of torture stories an embarrassment for them.’
      • ‘The latest revelations have been followed by verbal protests within the media and political establishment.’
      uncovering, turning up, exposure, exposing, bringing to light, unearthing, digging up, unveiling, unmasking, smoking out, detecting, detection
      divulging, divulgence, telling, disclosure, disclosing, letting slip, letting out, letting drop, giving away, giving out, leaking, leak, betrayal, unveiling, making known, making public, bringing to public attention, bringing to public notice, broadcasting, airing, publicizing, publication, publishing, circulation, dissemination, passing on, proclamation, announcing, announcement, reporting, report, declaring, declaration, posting, communication, imparting, unfolding, vouchsafing
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    2. 1.2 Used to emphasize the remarkable quality of someone or something:
      ‘seeing them play at international level was a revelation’
      • ‘It was nice to be, in fact it was a revelation and a relief to be, in a theocracy where church and state was interconnected in such a fruitful way.’
      • ‘That said, some of the play of other Irish backs at assorted levels in the past two seasons has been a revelation.’
      • ‘Walter Beech's remarkable V-tail airplane was a revelation when it first appeared in 1947.’
      • ‘Diving the Tynemouth region of Newcastle upon Tyne is unreservedly superb and an absolute revelation to any visitor.’
      • ‘With regular striker Denman out for the season Addingham have had to rely on the youthful David Tod and he has been an absolute revelation.’
      • ‘Indeed, party members' addiction to power in a remarkably short time has been a revelation.’
      • ‘His batting technique, however, was a revelation to those previously restricted to dissecting his one-day innings.’
      • ‘Barcelona footballer Ronaldinho is an absolute revelation for taking the game to a different level.’
      • ‘This is an absolute revelation after years of waiting: a truly great Pinot Noir from New Zealand.’
      • ‘The far side of the island is another revelation.’
      • ‘For those lucky enough to have caught onto his comedy before his untimely death, Hicks was an absolute revelation.’
      • ‘As Maria, newcomer Catalina Sandino Moreno is an absolute revelation.’
      • ‘A little tighter editing and this would have been a startling cinematic revelation.’
      • ‘The white light, high intensity discharge headlamps are simply a revelation.’
      • ‘‘The singing skills of some our guests were an absolute revelation,’ says Asokan.’
      • ‘The Van Gogh Museum is a revelation, even for people who hadn't previously considered themselves huge lovers of his work.’
  • 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’
    • ‘The Temple itself (and before that the Tabernacle) was a medium of Divine revelation.’
    • ‘Pope John Paul II has said that divine revelation reveals not only God to man but man to himself.’
    • ‘By contrast, in Scripture, God used his undeniable miracles to authenticate his divine revelation.’
    • ‘Sunlight, for instance, often stands in for divine grace or revelation.’
    • ‘On a walk one day in 1905, Einstein had a sudden revelation: time is not absolute.’
    • ‘We simply must rely on God to give us divine revelation by his Holy Spirit.’
    • ‘Over a span of 23 years, he received the divine revelation of the Quran, sometimes one verse or several verses at a time.’
    • ‘The whole of divine revelation comes to full fruition in him.’
    • ‘The Bible is infallible propositional revelation from God, i.e. facts about things.’
    • ‘In fact a revelation came asking people to give the Prophet privacy in his own home.’
    • ‘Also included under this heading are all false religions or cults which claim supernatural revelation but contradict the Bible.’
    • ‘All other claims about revelation in human history are based on the experience of one individual or at best a small group of initiates.’
    • ‘There is no divine revelation concerning the true nature of the New York Times.’
    • ‘Clearly Jewish practice was based on obedience to divine revelation.’
    • ‘The science-and-theology discourse on eschatology did not work toward divine revelation.’
    • ‘Iconic creativity issues out of the entire church's dogmatic heritage, which is founded on divine revelation.’
    • ‘Of course, when the likes of Miller reject God's propositional revelation in Scripture, they are misleading themselves.’
    • ‘Ask the Spirit to give you divine insight and revelation that touches your heart as much as it teaches your mind.’
    • ‘Thus, the task of making life Holy is paramount to giving reality to the Kabbalah and to divine revelation in faith moments.’
    • ‘Is it possible to reconcile a belief in divine revelation with Enlightenment rationality?’
    1. 2.1 The last book of the New Testament, recounting a divine revelation of the future to St John.

Origin

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

Pronunciation:

revelation

/rɛvəˈleɪʃ(ə)n/