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revelation (n.)

c. 1300, revelacioun, "disclosure of information or knowledge 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).

The general meaning "disclosure of facts to those previously unaware of them" 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 attested from late 14c. (see apocalypse); as simply Revelations, it is recorded by 1690s.

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Definitions of revelation from WordNet
1
revelation (n.)
the speech act of making something evident;
Synonyms: disclosure / revealing
revelation (n.)
an enlightening or astonishing disclosure;
revelation (n.)
communication of knowledge to man by a divine or supernatural agency;
Synonyms: divine revelation
2
Revelation (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;
Synonyms: Revelation of Saint John the Divine / Apocalypse / Book of Revelation
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