re·ve·la·to·ry | \ˈre-və-lə-ˌtȯr-ē, 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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And nothing, perhaps, is so revelatory of the random nature of existence than this England side. Jonathan Wilson,, "Gareth Southgate Makes Own Luck in Guiding England to World Cup Semifinals," 10 July 2018 But the questions the stories raise about life and death can be startling, even revelatory. Susan Svrluga, Washington Post, "Tolstoy behind bars: Why U-Va. students are reading Russian literature in a prison," 5 July 2018 In a less revelatory tale, LeDuff recounts his attempt to find the two protagonists in an iconic photo from the civil rights struggle in Alabama - a pursuit that ends fruitlessly. Sam Quinones,, "A gonzo tour of what ails America," 29 June 2018 Not until the revelatory and decidedly sadistic verbal assault unleashed by Pusha T has anyone come close to challenging his legacy. Juan Vidal, Billboard, "Drake's Strikes Back With Double Album 'Scorpion'," 29 June 2018 There was a slight overuse of the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, a solid but not revelatory ensemble that was in residence this year. Zachary Woolfe, New York Times, "A Quirky Violinist and a Festival to Match," 11 June 2018 Frederic Rzewski’s proto-minimalist classic from 1971, winds up the slate in Belcastro’s strange and revelatory arrangement. Joshua Kosman, San Francisco Chronicle, "CD review: NakedEye Ensemble, ‘Storylines Crossing’," 6 June 2018 Tilson Thomas programmed the second half with a strong if not revelatory Tchaikovsky Symphony No. Peter Dobrin,, "In 'greatest nation,' Michael Tilson Thomas and Carl Sandburg join across the decades," 3 Mar. 2018 What follows is a revelatory story of immigration told from a new perspective, as Edith leaves France in search of opportunities in Northern Africa. Mike Scott,, "New Orleans French Film Festival lineup unveiled," 30 Jan. 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

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

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exaggeratedly or childishly emotional

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