revelation

Discovering that you had a long-lost sister would definitely be a revelation, or a surprising realization. Finding out she had been living in the house next door for years would be an even more startling revelation!

It is not a surprise that the word revelation is related to the word reveal, because revealing is the action of showing something that was previously covered up or unknown. You can even use both words in the same sentence: "You might find it a revelation if someone revealed to you that your house was sitting on top of a gold mine!"

Definitions of revelation
  1. noun
    the act of making something evident
    synonyms: disclosure, revealing
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    singing, tattle, telling
    disclosing information or giving evidence about another
    display
    behavior that makes your feelings public
    divulgement, divulgence
    the act of disclosing something that was secret or private
    discovery
    something that is discovered
    discovery
    (law) compulsory pretrial disclosure of documents relevant to a case; enables one side in a litigation to elicit information from the other side concerning the facts in the case
    giveaway
    an unintentional disclosure
    informing, ratting
    to furnish incriminating evidence to an officer of the law (usually in return for favors)
    leak, news leak
    unauthorized (especially deliberate) disclosure of confidential information
    exposure
    the disclosure of something secret
    histrionics
    a deliberate display of emotion for effect
    production
    a display that is exaggerated or unduly complicated
    sackcloth and ashes
    a display of extreme remorse or repentance or grief
    expose, unmasking
    the exposure of an impostor or a fraud
    muckraking
    the exposure of scandal (especially about public figures)
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    speech act
    the use of language to perform some act
  2. noun
    an enlightening or astonishing disclosure
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    brainstorm, brainwave, insight
    the clear (and often sudden) understanding of a complex situation
  3. noun
    communication of knowledge to man by a divine or supernatural agency
    synonyms: divine revelation
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    informing, making known
    a speech act that conveys information
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