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Topic: RELIGION

Date: 1300-1400
Language: Old French
Origin: Latin, from revelare; REVEAL

revelation

noun
     
rev‧e‧la‧tion
1 [countable] a surprising fact about someone or something that was previously secret and is now made known
revelation about/concerning
He resigned after revelations about his affair.
startling revelations about his background
revelation that
revelations that two senior officers had lied in court
2 [uncountable] the act of suddenly making known a surprising fact that had previously been secret
revelation of
the revelation of previously unknown facts
3 [countable] informal something that is surprisingly good, enjoyable, or useful
revelation to
Alice Walker's novel was a real revelation to me.
4 [uncountable and countable]RR an event, experience etc that is considered to be a message from God
revelatory adjective:
His playing has many moments of revelatory insights.
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