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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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 For Midge to add a pursuit largely reserved for men into the mix is positively revelatory. Anne T. Donahue, Marie Claire, "Midge Maisel Isn’t the Feminist Hero You’re Looking For—and That’s Okay," 6 Dec. 2018 And if what viewers have seen so far is reflective of what the rest of season 3 is going to be like, — heartbreaking, mysterious, revelatory, etc. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "'This Is Us' Fans Completely Lost It Last Night Over Toby's Joke," 3 Oct. 2018 The excerpts and snapshots taken from his time at Georgetown Preparatory School offer revelations that only a handful of people will ever actually find revelatory. Liana Schaffner, Teen Vogue, "The Boys at Brett Kavanaugh's School Called the Girls at Mine the "Whores on the Hill" and I Believed Them," 27 Sep. 2018 However, the source played down the Times article, saying that there didn’t seem to be anything revelatory in the report’s information and adding that it was already known that Trump instructed McGahn to cooperate with Mueller’s team. Elizabeth Zwirz, Fox News, "Trump declares White House 'most transparent in history' after reports of McGahn-Mueller talks," 19 Aug. 2018 As technology and social media scholar danah boyd noted in a truly revelatory podcast about internet misinformation, often the precise goal of bad actors and conspiracy theorists is to get public attention at all costs. Laura Hudson, The Verge, "Twitter is wrong: facts are not enough to combat Alex Jones," 10 Aug. 2018 The show includes two works that proved particularly revelatory to Doi and later scholars. Lee Lawrence, WSJ, "‘A Giant Leap: The Transformation of Hasegawa Tohaku’ Review," 25 Apr. 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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