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  1. One that discloses or makes known.
  2. One that brings to view. – Dryden.


Disclosing; making known; discovering.


The act of revealing. [Little used.] – South.

RE-VEIL'LE, or RE-VEIL-LE', n. [or REV'EL-LY. Fr. reveiller, to awake; re and veiller, to watch; contracted from L. vigilo. See Watch.]

In military affairs, the beat of drum about break of day, to give notice that it is time for the soldiers to rise and for the sentinels to forbear challenging. – Encyc. [This word might well be anglicized rev'elly.]

REV'EL, n.

A feast with loose and noisy jollity. – Shak. Some men ruin the fabric of their bodies by incessant revels. – Rambler.

REV'EL, v.i. [D. revelen, to rave, from the root of L. rabo, rabio, to rage, whence rabies, rabid; Dan. raaben, to bawl, to clamor; Sw. ropa; allied to rove, rapio; Ir. rioboid, a spendthrift; rioboidim, to riot or revel.]

  1. To feast with loose and clamorous merriment; to carouse; to act the bacchanalian. Antony, that revels long o' nights. – Shak.
  2. To move playfully or without regularity.

RE-VEL', v.t. [L. revello; re and vello, to pull.]

To draw back; to retract; to make a revulsion. – Harvey. Friend.

REV-E-LA'TION, n. [Fr. from L. revelatus, revelo. See Reveal.]

  1. The act of disclosing or discovering to others what was before unknown to them; appropriately, the disclosure or communication of truth to men by God himself, or by his authorized agents, the prophets and apostles. How that by revelation he made known to me the mystery, as I wrote before in few words. – Eph. iii. 2 Cor. xii.
  2. That which is revealed; appropriately, the sacred truths which God has communicated to man for his instruction and direction. The revelations of God are contained in the Old and New Testament.
  3. The Apocalypse; the last book of the sacred canon, containing the prophecies of St. John.

REV'EL-ED, pp.

Feasted with noisy merriment; caroused.

REV'EL-ER, n. [See Revel.]

One who feasts with noisy merriment. – Pope.


A feasting with noisy merriment; revelry. – Gal. v. 1 Pet. iv.

REV'EL-ING, ppr.

Feasting with noisy merriment; carousing.


Drawn back; retracted.


Causing revulsion.


Act of reveling.

REV'EL-ROUT, n. [See Rout.]

  1. Tumultuous festivity. Rowe.
  2. A mob; a rabble tumultuously assembled; an unlawful assembly. – Ainsworth.


Noisy festivity; clamorous jollity. Milton.

RE-VEN'DI-CATE, v.t. [Fr. revendiquer; re and vendiquer, to claim or challenge, L. vindico. See Vindicate.]

To reclaim what has been taken away; to claim to have restored what has been seized. Should some subsequent fortunate revolution deliver it from the conqueror's yoke, it can revendicate them. – Vattel, Trans.


Reclaimed; regained; recovered.


Reclaiming; redemanding; recovering.


The act of reclaiming or demanding the restoration of any thing taken by an enemy, as by right of postliminium. The endless disputes which would spring from the revendication of them have introduced a contrary practice. – Vattel. Trans.

RE-VENGE, n. [revenj'; Fr. revenche; Arm. revanch.]

  1. Return of an injury; the deliberate infliction of pain or injury on a person in return for an injury received from him. – Milton. Dryden.
  2. According to modern usage, a malicious or spiteful infliction of pain or injury, contrary to the laws of justice and Christianity, in return for an injury or offense. Revenge is dictated by passion; vengeance by justice.
  3. The passion which is excited by an injury done or an affront given; the desire of inflicting pain on one who has done an injury; as, to glut revenge. Revenge, as the word is now understood, is always contrary to the precepts of Christ. The indulgence of revenge tends to make men more savage and cruel. – Kames.

RE-VENGE, v.t. [revenj'; Fr. revencher, venger; Sp. vengar; Port. vingar; L. vindex, vindico; It. vendicare. See Vindicate.]

  1. To inflict pain or injury in return for an injury received. Note. This word and avenge were formerly used as synonymous, and it is so used in the common version of the Scripture, and applied to the Supreme Being. “O Lord … revenge me of my persecutors.” Jer. xv. In consequence of a distinction between avenge and revenge, which modern usage has introduced, the application of this word to the Supreme Being appears extremely harsh, irreverent and offensive. Revenge is now used in an ill sense, for the infliction of pain maliciously or illegally; avenge for inflicting just punishment.
  2. According to modern usage, to inflict pain deliberately and maliciously, contrary to the laws of justice and humanity, in return for injury, pain or evil received; to wreak vengeance spitefully on one who injures or offends. We say, to revenge an injury or insult, or with the reciprocal pronoun, to revenge ourselves on an enemy or for an injury, that is, to take vengeance or satisfaction.
  3. To vindicate by punishment of an enemy. The gods are just and will revenge our cause. – Dryden. [According to modern usage, avenge should here be substituted for revenge.]


Punished in return for an injury; spitefully punished. The injury is revenged.

RE-VENGE-FUL, a. [revenj'ful.]

  1. Full of revenge or a desire to inflict pain or evil for injury received; spiteful; malicious; wreaking revenge. If thy revengeful heart can not forgive. – Shak.
  2. Vindictive; inflicting punishment. May my hand / Never brandish more revengeful steel. – Shak.