re·​veal·​ing ri-ˈvē-liŋ How to pronounce revealing (audio)
: allowing a look at or an understanding of something inner or hidden
a revealing confession
also : tending to expose more typically hidden parts of the body
a revealing halter top
revealingly adverb

Example Sentences

The book is a revealing account of being part of a gang. Her comments about her childhood were revealing. She wore a very revealing shirt. That skirt is much too revealing.
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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1925, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of revealing was circa 1925

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“Revealing.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Mar. 2023.

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