from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The act of revealing or disclosing.
  • n. Something revealed, especially a dramatic disclosure of something not previously known or realized.
  • n. Theology A manifestation of divine will or truth.
  • n. Bible See Table at Bible.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The act of revealing or disclosing
  • n. Something that is revealed.
  • n. Something dramatically disclosed
  • n. A manifestation of divine truth
  • n. A great success

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The act of revealing, disclosing, or discovering to others what was before unknown to them.
  • n. That which is revealed.
  • n.
  • n. The act of revealing divine truth.
  • n. That which is revealed by God to man; esp., the Bible.
  • n. Specifically, the last book of the sacred canon, containing the prophecies of St. John; the Apocalypse or Book of Revelation or The Revelation of Saint John.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The act of revealing.
  • n. The act of revealing or communicating religious truth, especially by divine or supernatural means.
  • n. That which is revealed, disclosed, or made known; in theology, that disclosure which God makes of himself and of his will to his creatures.
  • n. More specifically Such disclosure, communicated by supernatural means, of truths which could not be ascertained by natural means; hence, as containing such revelation, the Bible. ,
  • n. In metaphysics, immediate consciousness of something real and not phenomenal.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the speech act of making something evident
  • n. 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
  • n. an enlightening or astonishing disclosure
  • n. communication of knowledge to man by a divine or supernatural agency


Middle English revelacion, from Old French revelation, from Latin revēlātiō, revēlātiōn-, from revēlātus, past participle of revēlāre, to reveal; see reveal1.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin revēlātiō ("disclosure"), from revēlō ("to disclose"), re ("again") + vēlō ("to cover"). (Wiktionary)



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