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Definition of revelation noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1[countable] revelation (about/concerning something) revelation (that…) a fact that people are made aware of, especially one that has been secret and is surprising synonym disclosure startling/sensational revelations about her private life He was dismissed after revelations that confidential files were missing.
  2. 2[uncountable] revelation (of something) the act of making people aware of something that has been secret synonym disclosure The company's financial problems followed the revelation of a major fraud scandal.
  3. 3[countable, uncountable] something that is considered to be a sign or message from God These events were seen as a divine revelation. Topic CollocationsReligionbeing religious believe in God/Christ/Allah/free will/predestination/heaven and hell/an afterlife/reincarnation be/become an agnostic/an atheist/a believer/a Buddhist/Christian/Hindu/Muslim, etc. convert to/practice a religion/Buddhism/Catholicism/Christianity/Islam/Judaism, etc. go to church/temple (= the synagogue) go to the local church/mosque/synagogue belong to a church/a religious community join/enter the Church/a convent/a monastery/the clergy/the priesthood/a religious sect/a cult praise/worship/obey/serve/glorify Godcelebrations and ritual attend/hold/conduct/lead a service perform a ceremony/a rite/a ritual/a baptism/the Hajj/a bar mitzvah/a bat mitzvah carry out/perform a sacred/burial/funeral/fertility/purification rite/the last rites go on/make a pilgrimage celebrate Christmas/Diwali/Easter/Eid/Hanukkah/Passover/Ramadan observe/break the Sabbath/a fast/Ramadan deliver/preach/hear a sermon lead/address the congregation say/recite a prayer/blessingreligious texts and ideas preach/proclaim/spread the word of God/the Gospel/the message of Islam/a message study/follow the dharma/the teachings of Buddha read/study/understand/interpret scripture/the Bible/the Koran/the Gospel/the Torah be based on/derived from divine revelation commit/consider something heresy/sacrilegereligious belief and experience seek/find/gain enlightenment/wisdom strengthen/lose/question your faith keep/practice/abandon the faith save/purify/lose your soul obey/follow/keep/break/violate a commandment/Islamic law/Jewish law be/accept/do God's will receive/experience divine grace achieve/attain enlightenment/salvation/nirvana undergo a conversion/rebirth/reincarnation hear/answer a prayer commit/confess/forgive a sin do/perform penance see also reveal
  4. Idioms
    come as/be a revelation (to somebody)
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    to be a completely new or surprising experience; to be different from what was expected His performance in the race today was a revelation to everyone. My trip to Texas was a revelation.
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: revelation