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revelatory

[ri-vel-uh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee, rev-uh-luh-] /rɪˈvɛl əˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i, ˈrɛv ə lə-/
adjective
1.
of, pertaining to, or having the characteristics of revelation.
2.
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
1880-1885
1880-85; < Latin revēlāt(us) (see revelation) + -ory1
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Examples from the web for revelatory
  • Those are both valuable pieces of information, but hardly revelatory.
  • Any answer to this question will be highly revelatory.
  • All contain revelatory performances of works that even now are too little known.
  • No theory of suicide, no philosophical discourses on the subject are quite so revelatory as these words.
  • It's so long that no moment is going to be revelatory.
  • There seems to be no end of revelatory research coming out of neuroscience and psychology.
  • Emphasis on prayer and ecstatic revelatory experiences.
  • The problem with science fiction themes and aliens is that they are similar to revelatory religion.
  • The insights gleaned from this approach do not seem necessarily revelatory.
  • Our leaders are plagued by enemies and temptations that have turned out to be divinely revelatory.
Word Origin and History for revelatory
adj.

1882; see revelation + -ory.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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