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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With the exception of Netflix’s quietly revelatory Dating Around, many dating shows with LGBTQ (and especially bisexual) contestants have treated them as hypersexual or prurient anomalies, as enigmas who are incapable of settling down. Hannah Giorgis, The Atlantic, "The Slow, Messy Evolution of LGBTQ Dating Shows," 4 July 2019 But the resulting works were revelatory: 11 canvases arranged with angular slices of her former self. S.h., The Economist, "Lee Krasner’s colourful, creative destruction," 17 June 2019 Full moons are revelatory, so save your assumptions for another day. Randon Rosenbohm, Allure, "What May’s Taurus Horoscope Means for You," 30 Apr. 2019 Yang, raised in New Jersey by Korean immigrant parents, was at the time writing some of the ambitious profiles that form the core of his stylish and frequently revelatory new collection, The Souls of Yellow Folk. Jon Baskin, The New York Review of Books, "Invisible Men," 4 Apr. 2019 Now Like with Swift’s revelatory early work, Benjamin has the uncanny ability to turn complex, highly personal turning points into verses that are at turns sweet and cutting. Raisa Bruner, Time, "Alec Benjamin Is a Pop Storyteller for the Next Generation," 21 June 2019 The only interesting piece of information to come out of the usually revelatory salary drop was regarding the specifics of Kellyn Acosta’s contract. Mark Goodman, The Denver Post, "Backpass: Colorado Rapids were exposed in the US Open Cup. What can MLS teams learn from this?," 15 June 2019 If only all obscure oddities were this much fun (or this revelatory). Graeme Mcmillan, WIRED, "5 Comics to Read After You've Seen Dark Phoenix," 7 June 2019 There was nothing revelatory about the way that Steph scored, only that his complete scoring game manifested as clearly as could be expected. Rob Mahoney,, "Even With Stephen Curry at His Best, the Hobbled Warriors Stumble in Game 3," 6 June 2019

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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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