from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Of, relating to, or containing a revelation: "the distinction between Mrs. and Miss and its concomitant revelatory features” ( Mario Pei).

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Of, pertaining to, or in the nature of a revelation
  • adj. Prophetic (especially of doom); apocalyptic

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Having the nature or character of a revelation.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. (usually followed by `of') pointing out or revealing clearly
  • adj. prophetic of devastation or ultimate doom


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  • The most revelatory is I Am an American Soldier: One Year in Iraq with the 101st Airborne.

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  • (I also agree that the police, corporately and at the higher echelons, have lost sight of what matters; but this isn’t revelatory, is it?)


  • She has still put it together in revelatory ways, underscoring the generation-wide impact of her subjects’ songs and stories ....

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  • William McNeil, Plagues & Peoples: This had a kind of revelatory quality to me, the idea that everything you thought was important about history was actually kind of trivial and the real determinants of human destiny are something else entirely.

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  • Interviewer Ryan Tubridy sought the advice of Jon Snow ahead of the interview but was warned it would be difficult to extract anything 'revelatory' out of Tony Blair.

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  • As for John Leech's office - are you expecting some kind of revelatory comment from me on that?

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  • Here's a quiet little poem by one of my favorite poets, Eamon Grennan, which demonstrates, in its patient, painterly way, how an accumulation of sense-based details can develop a kind of revelatory momentum.

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  • The latter half of Cult of Flesh is basically a series of sexual encounters that are "revelatory" in the worst sense--in the sense that they prompt the characters to spout long passages at each other that blend faux-Satanism with poor paraphrases of Norman O.

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  • In other words, I don't find that seamy or steamy sex plays the kind of revelatory role to which so many authors assign it.

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  • Rather, we are thrown back on the claims of his first disciples that they had some kind of revelatory experiences ( "appearances") that convinced them that Jesus was alive.

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