re·​ve·​la·​to·​ry | \ ˈre-və-lə-ˌtȯr-ē How to pronounce revelatory (audio) , ri-ˈve-lə- \

Definition of revelatory

: of or relating to revelation : serving to reveal something

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Examples of revelatory in a Sentence

ended his tall tale with a revelatory wink that indicated that it had all been an elaborate put-on
Recent Examples on the Web If Ronan’s Jo is extraordinary, it should be noted that Pugh’s Amy is equally revelatory, a reimagining of one of literature’s all-time-greatest brats that makes her not just sympathetic, but appealing. Philippa Snow, The New Republic, "The Reinvention of Little Women," 1 Jan. 2020 That approach was revelatory because, so often, when countries give parents time to be used by either parent, the mother ends up taking the majority of the days, creating a gender imbalance in child rearing. Kayla Webley Adler, Marie Claire, "A Tour of Iceland's Feminist Past and Present," 18 Dec. 2019 In the 1990s and 2000s, the accrual of DNA exonerations — made possible by the advent of a then-new and revelatory technology — laid bare the fact that snitch testimony had contributed to wrongful convictions across the country. Pamela Colloff, ProPublica, "He’s a Liar, a Con Artist and a Snitch. His Testimony Could Soon Send a Man to His Death.," 4 Dec. 2019 As these small but revelatory details accumulate, so, too, does a growing sense of dread. Longreads, "Longreads Best of 2019: Crime Reporting," 13 Dec. 2019 Think about some of the John Coltrane albums that have materialized in recent years, and the work of the Resonance label, which put out a revelatory set of Wes Montgomery sessions in April. Bret Saunders, The Know, "Get a taste of New Orleans when Preservation Hall Jazz Band comes to Denver," 2 Nov. 2019 But in 1969 this was truly revelatory, and the public devoured it. Juliet Rieden, Town & Country, "The True Story of the Royal Family's BBC Documentary, Which Hasn't Been Seen Publicly in Decades," 23 Nov. 2019 Coates' research ranged from reading interviews with ex-slaves and consulting a 19th-century Farmer's Almanac — books duly pictured on his Instagram account — to his numerous and revelatory visits to former plantations. Hillel Italie,, "Oprah Winfrey picks Baltimore native Ta-Nehisi Coates novel for her book club," 24 Sep. 2019 The portable, wire-free Oculus Quest in particular felt revelatory, an almost desktop-caliber experience without the need for a desktop, playable at a moment’s notice. Hayden Dingman, PCWorld, "Oculus Connect 6: Significant Oculus Quest upgrades could render the Rift obsolete," 25 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of revelatory

1882, in the meaning defined above

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14 Jan 2020

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“Revelatory.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 23 January 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of revelatory

formal : making something known : revealing something in usually a surprising way

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out of the ordinary or unreasonable

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