the act of revealing or disclosing; disclosure.
something revealed or disclosed, especially a striking disclosure, as of something not before realized.
God's disclosure of Himself and His will to His creatures.
an instance of such communication or disclosure.
something thus communicated or disclosed.
something that contains such disclosure, as the Bible.
(initial capital letter) . Also called Revelations, The Revelation of St. John the Divine. the last book in the new testament; the Apocalypse. Abbreviation: Rev.

1275–1325; Middle English revelacion (< Old French) < Late Latin revēlātiōn- (stem of revēlātiō), equivalent to Latin revēlāt(us) (past participle of revēlāre to reveal) + -iōn- -ion

revelational, adjective
nonrevelation, noun
prerevelation, noun
unrevelational, adjective

1. divulgation, admission, divulgence, exposure. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source Link To prerevelation
World English Dictionary
revelation (ˌrɛvəˈleɪʃən)
1.  the act or process of disclosing something previously secret or obscure, esp something true
2.  a fact disclosed or revealed, esp in a dramatic or surprising way
3.  Christianity
 a.  God's disclosure of his own nature and his purpose for mankind, esp through the words of human intermediaries
 b.  something in which such a divine disclosure is contained, such as the Bible
[C14: from Church Latin revēlātiō from Latin revēlāre to reveal]

Revelation (ˌrɛvəˈleɪʃən)
(popularly, often plural) the Apocalypse, Also called: the Revelation of Saint John the Divine the last book of the New Testament, containing visionary descriptions of heaven, of conflicts between good and evil, and of the end of the world

Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 10th Edition
2009 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009
Cite This Source
Word Origin & History

c.1300, "disclosure of information to man by a divine or supernatural agency," from O.Fr. revelacion, from L. revelationem (nom. revelatio), from revelatus, pp. of revelare (see reveal). General meaning "disclosure of facts" 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 first attested c.1400 (see apocalypse); as simply Revelations, it is first recorded 1690s.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source
Bible Dictionary

Revelation definition

an uncovering, a bringing to light of that which had been previously wholly hidden or only obscurely seen. God has been pleased in various ways and at different times (Heb. 1:1) to make a supernatural revelation of himself and his purposes and plans, which, under the guidance of his Spirit, has been committed to writing. (See WORD OF GOD.) The Scriptures are not merely the "record" of revelation; they are the revelation itself in a written form, in order to the accurate presevation and propagation of the truth. Revelation and inspiration differ. Revelation is the supernatural communication of truth to the mind; inspiration (q.v.) secures to the teacher or writer infallibility in communicating that truth to others. It renders its subject the spokesman or prophet of God in such a sense that everything he asserts to be true, whether fact or doctrine or moral principle, is true, infallibly true.

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
Cite This Source
Copyright © 2014, LLC. All rights reserved.
  • Please Login or Sign Up to use the Recent Searches feature