re·​ve·​la·​to·​ry ˈre-və-lə-ˌtȯr-ē How to pronounce revelatory (audio)
: of or relating to revelation : serving to reveal something

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 Their resonances come off as strained or thin rather than revelatory, their invocations neither infectiously playful nor movingly serious. Phillip MacIak, The New Republic, 7 Sep. 2023 Yet despite the flawless performances and outstanding craftsmanship, The Royal Hotel is a pummeling experience rather than a revelatory one. Sheri Linden, The Hollywood Reporter, 3 Sep. 2023 The records enabled ProPublica’s Eric Umansky and me to publish a revelatory story that exposed how the FID failed to probe key moments in the Trawick incident, including when one officer tried to stop his partner from shooting the man in crisis. Mike Hayes, ProPublica, 29 Aug. 2023 Staging operas in times and places very different from those imagined by their composers and librettists can be revelatory — or needlessly confusing, if not downright destructive. Scott Cantrell, Dallas News, 8 Aug. 2023 Much of that story is shouldered by the young Lady Danbury, played by revelatory young actress Thomas, who commands her every scene. Kelly Lawler, USA TODAY, 4 May 2023 To those who have followed the story closely, who watched last year’s hearings of the House select committee investigating January 6th and read its final report, there was little that was truly revelatory in Tuesday’s indictment by Smith. Susan B. Glasser, The New Yorker, 2 Aug. 2023 But there’s a more revelatory, more important cinematic event: KINO Lorber’s Blu-ray release of several films by French New Wave director Jacques Rivette. Armond White, National Review, 26 July 2023 But, as was made plain the revelatory night before, Williams’ consequential influence reaches new generations in unexpected ways. Mark Swed, Los Angeles Times, 14 July 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1882, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of revelatory was in 1882

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“Revelatory.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Sep. 2023.

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re·​ve·​la·​to·​ry ˈrev-ə-lə-ˌtōr-ē How to pronounce revelatory (audio)
: of or relating to revelation
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