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revelation
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It was a revelation to me. Until they gave us those tests, I had no idea that I was better than most people at clerical accuracy.
  something that was previously unknown — especially something that is surprising; or making such a thing known
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  • It was a revelation to me. Until they gave us those tests, I had no idea that I was better than most people at clerical accuracy.
  • I was leaning toward voting for her, but her stance on education policy was a revelation to me.
  • She addressed reporters after the revelation of her previous conviction.
  • The subdued nature of the Commandant’s voice is a revelation.
    Sabaa Tahir  --  An Ember in the Ashes

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  • I believe that a death such as theirs has been the true measure of a man’s worth; it may be the first revelation of his virtues, but is at any rate their final seal.
    Thucydides  --  Pericles’s Funeral Oration
  • That’s what I remembered in that before-death instant, when I was supposed to be having some big revelation about my past: the smell of varnish and the squeak of our sneakers on the polished floor; the tightness of my polyester shorts; the laughter echoing around the big, empty space like there were way more than twenty-five people in the gym.
    Lauren Oliver  --  Before I Fall
  • He finally stood, letting his mind work through the new revelations, hoping they’d sort themselves into nice little stacks for later analysis.
    James Dashner  --  The Death Cure
  • If Jane ever figured out how to deal with the revelations about her own father, maybe she could help Millicent and Harriet.
    Margaret Peterson Haddix  --  Uprising
  • Ruth had said little about my revelation, but when I walked her home I didn’t try to kiss her good night.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Longest Ride
  • But between Dad’s confession that Mom wasn’t even supposed to be a choice and Mom’s revelation that she didn’t want to be a part of the choosing in the first place, I wondered how they had managed to find each other at all.
    Kiera Cass  --  The Heir

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  • Malcolm was idly wandering around the station, stopping to stare at things Maia thought of as everyday—a banister railing, a cracked tile in the wall, a pane of window glass—as if they were revelatory.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Heavenly Fire
  • He began to worry at the things he saw dancing before him, wondered if this revelation had been the final push that sent him over the cliff of insanity.
    James Dashner  --  The Kill Order
  • Feeling that he should say something, Colin said, "That’s a good spiritual revelation."
    John Green  --  An Abundance of Katherines
  • She wasn’t angry at the revelation of her allergies.
    Dave Eggers  --  The Circle
  • I was shocked again, both by her casual revelation of her crime and by her sentence.
    Piper Kerman  --  Orange Is the New Black
  • The truth is that my first sight of the wolf’s paw-prints was a revelation for which I was quite unprepared.
    Farley Mowat  --  Never Cry Wolf
  • The song was obviously of his own devising, a rather candid revelation about the personal habits of a local nobleman.
    Patrick Rothfuss  --  The Name of the Wind
  • He smiled, still blown away by the revelation that water could have a taste.
    Kass Morgan  --  The 100
  • Iko’s fan was whirring like mad as if her processor could barely keep up with all these revelations.
    Marissa Meyer  --  Cinder
  • As he had already admitted, Sticky often got mixed up when he was excited, and in this frenzy of mysteries and revelations, he could hardly think straight.
    Trenton Lee Stewart  --  The Mysterious Benedict Society
  • She could practically see the revelations as they bloomed in his mind.
    Sarah J. Maas  --  Throne of Glass
  • His wide-eyed attention was an invitation, and his trick of cocking his head to one side while I spoke made me feel that every word was a revelation, although he understood none of it.
    Gail Carson Levine  --  Ella Enchanted
  • In Camazotz everybody is the same as everybody else," but he gave her no argument, provided no answer, and she held on to her moment of revelation.
    Madeleine L’Engle  --  A Wrinkle in Time
  • And when I begin to wear makeup, I have a revelation.
    Christina Baker Kline  --  Orphan Train
  • I’m emotionally spent and have had all the revelations I can take for one night.
    Colleen Hoover  --  Hopeless
  • That little revelation was fun, though it does make me wonder if my observation skills are failing me.
    Katja Millay  --  The Sea of Tranquility
  • The body on the bed was to me like the revelation of woman’s form.
    V.S. Naipaul  --  A Bend in the River
  • Although I’m certain I kept my composure, I was really vastly surprised at this revelation: Sophie was not Jewish!
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • I sneak around, heart in my mouth, dreading revelations; I avoid late nights, I evade and tiptoe.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Cat’s Eye
  • Once he got past the dense language, the books Jen had loaned him were full of revelations.
    Margaret Peterson Haddix  --  Among the Hidden
  • "Aye, reckon," said my escort, unexcited by this revelation.
    Diana Gabaldon  --  Outlander
  • JUMBLED MEMORIES AND REVELATIONS assaulted Alan throughout the next morning as he showered and dressed and read his copy of Arab News.
    Dave Eggers  --  A Hologram for the King
  • I mean, to me this was a major revelation, and he was acting like it was no big deal.
    R.J. Palacio  --  Wonder
  • When I finished with Merrill Shortley’s shocking revelation, Cindy said, "Maybe you should’ve stayed out there, Lindsay."
    James Patterson  --  1st to Die
  • That subconscious revelation added a lot of thicker lavers to the embarrassment.
    Nora Roberts  --  Dark Witch
  • The revelations of the past half hour buzz in my mind.
    Veronica Roth  --  Insurgent
  • DANFORTH: And you thought to declare this revelation in the open court before the public?
    Arthur Miller  --  The Crucible
  • No comment seemed to be expected of us, and the class received these impressionistic revelations in silence.
    Harper Lee  --  To Kill a Mockingbird
  • And it’s under the weight of this revelation that I truly begin to break.
    Suzanne Collins  --  Mockingjay
  • I realize how thin this revelation must sound to her.
    Kathryn Stockett  --  The Help
  • But David’s revelation had suddenly made everything much more complicated.
    Scott Westerfeld  --  Uglies
  • Like most humans in the grip of revelation, Hans Hubermann stood with a certain numbness.
    Markus Zusak  --  The Book Thief
  • She backed away and cocked her head to see how Rose of Sharon would take such a revelation.
    John Steinbeck  --  The Grapes of Wrath
  • Miss Cook, I’ve read Clouds and Shrouds and it was a spiritual revelation to me.
    Ayn Rand  --  The Fountainhead
  • It was no longer the same man—the fearful revelations of the three last days had crushed him.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • This revelation sent her reeling.
    Alice Sebold  --  The Lovely Bones
  • Those were drooling epileptic fits brought on by the swaying of his camel, not divine revelation.
    Yann Martel  --  Life of Pi
  • Intuitively, she does not doubt that whatever revelation this old man—this person from her distant past—has scribbled on paper, halfway across the world, is true.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  And The Mountains Echoed
  • It was a new and special revelation, explaining dark and mysterious things, with which my youthful understanding had struggled, but struggled in vain.
    Frederick Douglass  --  The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass
  • The tendon of his jaw was working, so I knew he was preparing a revelation.
    Barbara Kingsolver  --  The Poisonwood Bible
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Associated words [difficulty]:   revelation [1] , Old Testament [3] , parable [3] , testament [3] , New Testament [4]
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