Definition of revelation noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˌrevəˈleɪʃn//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˌrevəˈleɪʃn//
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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. CollocationsReligionBeing religious believe in God/​Christ/​Allah/​free will/​predestination/​heaven and hell/​an afterlife/​reincarnation be/​become a believer/​an atheist/​an agnostic/​a Christian/​Muslim/​Hindu/​Buddhist, etc. convert to/​practise/ (especially US English) practice a religion/​Buddhism/​Catholicism/​Christianity/​Islam/​Judaism, etc. go to church/(North American English) temple (= the synagogue) go to the local church/​mosque/​synagogue/​gurdwara belong to a church/​a religious community join/​enter the church/​a convent/​a monastery/​a religious sect/​the clergy/​the priesthood 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 mitzvah carry out/​perform a sacred/​burial/​funeral/​fertility/​purification rite go on/​make a pilgrimage celebrate Christmas/​Easter/​Eid/​Ramadan/​Hanukkah/​Passover/​Diwali 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 study/​follow the dharma/​the teachings of Buddha read/​study/​understand/​interpret scripture/​the Bible/​the Koran/​the gospel/​the Torah be based on/​derive from divine revelation commit/​consider something heresy/​sacrilegeReligious belief and experience seek/​find/​gain enlightenment/​wisdom strengthen/​lose your faith keep/​practise/​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
  4. see also reveal
    Word OriginMiddle English (in the theological sense): from Old French, or from late Latin revelatio(n-), from revelare ‘lay bare’from re- ‘again’ (expressing reversal) + velum ‘veil’. Senses 1 and 2 date from the mid 19th cent.Extra examples He claimed to have had a revelation from God. He claimed to know these things by divine revelation. His acting ability was a revelation to us all. The demonstration proved something of a revelation for our teachers. The embarrassing revelations came just hours before he was to make his speech. There are no great revelations in the final chapter. To many members of her audience, these performances must have come as a revelation. fresh revelations concerning their private lives The company’s financial problems followed the revelation of a major fraud scandal. There were some sensational revelations about her private life.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.
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