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 for revelation
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Revelation \Rev`e*la"tion\, n. [F. r['e]v['e]lation, L.
     revelatio. See Reveal.]
     1. The act of revealing, disclosing, or discovering to others
        what was before unknown to them.
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     2. That which is revealed.
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     3. (Theol.)
        (a) The act of revealing divine truth.
        (b) That which is revealed by God to man; esp., the Bible.
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                  By revelation he made known unto me the mystery,
                  as I wrote afore in few words.    --Eph. iii. 3.
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     4. Specifically, the last book of the sacred canon,
        containing the prophecies of St. John; the Apocalypse or
        Book of Revelation or The Revelation of Saint John.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  revelation
      n 1: the speech act of making something evident [syn:
           disclosure, revelation, revealing]
      2: an enlightening or astonishing disclosure
      3: communication of knowledge to man by a divine or supernatural
         agency [syn: revelation, divine revelation]
      4: 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 [syn: Revelation, Revelation of Saint John the
         Divine, Apocalypse, Book of Revelation]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  147 Moby Thesaurus words for "revelation":
     Christophany, Satanophany, admission, afflatus, angelophany,
     announcement, apocalypse, apparition, appearance, appearing,
     arising, astonishment, avatar, baring, blockbuster, blow, bomb,
     bombshell, bringing to light, bulletin, casual discovery, catch,
     catching, chance discovery, coming, coming into being,
     coming-forth, communique, confession, declaration, detection,
     determination, determining, direct communication, discernibleness,
     disclosing, disclosure, discovering, discovery, dissemination,
     distinguishment, divine inspiration, divine revelation,
     earthshaker, embodiment, emergence, epiphany, espial, evidence,
     evincement, excavation, exhumation, expose, exposition, exposure,
     expression, eye-opener, find, finding, finding out, forthcoming,
     incarnation, indication, information, inspiration, invention,
     issuance, joker, kicker, laying bare, leak, locating, location,
     lucky strike, manifestation, materialization, materializing,
     mystical experience, mysticism, news, observability, occurrence,
     opening, oracle, outcrop, outcropping, patefaction, perceptibility,
     peripeteia, pneumatophany, presentation, proclamation,
     pronouncement, proof, prophecy, publication, realization,
     recognition, rediscovery, removing the veil, revealing, revealment,
     rise, rising, seeableness, serendipity, shocker, showing,
     showing forth, showing up, showup, spotting, staggerer, startler,
     statement, strike, stripping, surprisal, surprise, surprise ending,
     surprise package, surprise party, switch, the seen, the visible,
     theophania, theophany, theopneustia, theopneusty, thunderbolt,
     thunderclap, treasure trove, trouvaille, trove, uncloaking,
     uncovering, unearthing, unfolding, unfoldment, unmasking,
     unveiling, unwrapping, visibility, visibleness, vision, visuality,
     what is revealed
  
  

From Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary :

  Revelation
     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.
     

From The Devil's Dictionary (1881-1906) :

  REVELATION, n.  A famous book in which St. John the Divine concealed
  all that he knew.  The revealing is done by the commentators, who know
  nothing.
  

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