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revelatory

[ri-vel-uh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee, rev-uh-luh-]
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  1. of, relating 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.
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Origin of revelatory

1880–85; < Latin revēlāt(us) (see revelation) + -ory1
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Related Words

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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

adj.

1882; see revelation + -ory.

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