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

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Although these food references might not seem all that revelatory given the Rabbit's overall carnival theme, get this: In 2017, Joey opened up his own food truck called Fat One's Hot Dogs and Italian Ice in Orlando. Heather Finn, Good Housekeeping, "There's No Question That Joey Fatone Is the Rabbit on 'The Masked Singer'," 17 Feb. 2019 The museum began originating more of its exhibitions, such as last year’s revelatory retrospective of sculptor Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney, and launched contemporary art initiatives focusing on women artists and photography. Eric Gibson, WSJ, "At the Revamped Norton, a Promising Start Within," 5 Feb. 2019 True Detective No, the new season of HBO's True Detective, which begins Sunday, January 13th, is not as good as that revelatory first season. Taylor Antrim, Vogue, "Three New Crime Shows To Get Hooked on Now," 12 Jan. 2019 The 45-minute guided tours are surprisingly revelatory—and welcome—in a museum of this size. Laura Ratliff, Condé Nast Traveler, "5 Best Day Trips from Dubai," 4 Mar. 2018 Halston the film is revelatory, laudatory (to a point), and instructive. Vogue, "Watch an Exclusive Clip of Halston Before Its Sundance Premiere—And Read What the Director and Producer Say About Its Making," 23 Jan. 2019 Arthur has the most extended and revelatory arc, and his story bookends the game, which sets up Ollie and Sally’s acts as tangential. Adi Robertson, The Verge, "We Happy Few is a creepy, fascinating game that gets lost in its own ambition," 10 Aug. 2018 This will be a robust, potentially revelatory mission. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "A congressman’s loss clouds the future of two demanding missions to Europa," 3 Dec. 2018 From the publisher: The revelatory inside story of the trial and final days of New England Patriots superstar Aaron Hernandez, by his attorney and New York Times bestselling author Jose Baez. Fox News, "'Unnecessary Roughness: Inside the Trial and Final Days of Aaron Hernandez' by Jose Baez," 22 Aug. 2018

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First Known Use of revelatory

1882, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of revelatory was in 1882

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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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an act or instance of returning to life

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