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[ri-vel-uh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee, rev-uh-luh-] /rɪˈvɛl əˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i, ˈrɛv ə lə-/
of, relating to, or having the characteristics of revelation.
showing or disclosing an emotion, belief, quality, or the like (usually followed by of):
a poem revelatory of the author's deep, personal sorrow.
Origin of revelatory
1880-85; < Latin revēlāt(us) (see revelation) + -ory1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • His work was to have borne the title, "My revelatory Episodes."

  • In mounting excitement, he read the coldly beautiful, the terrible and revelatory poem through to the end.

    What Rough Beast? Jefferson Highe
  • Then came the brusque apotheosis of 1904 at the Autumn Salon, the most revelatory of his unique gift thus far made.

    Unicorns James Huneker
  • These are full of variety and of actual novelty, now of startling discord, now of revelatory beauty.

Word Origin and History for revelatory

1882; see revelation + -ory.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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