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English adjective: telling

1. telling disclosing unintentionally

SamplesA telling smile.
A telltale panel of lights.
A telltale patch of oil on the water marked where the boat went down.

Synonymsrevealing, telltale

Similarinformative, informatory


2. telling powerfully persuasive

SamplesA cogent argument.
A telling presentation.
A weighty argument.

Synonymscogent, weighty



3. telling producing a strong effect

SamplesGave an impressive performance as Othello.
A telling gesture.


Similareffective, effectual, efficacious

Antonymsineffective, ineffectual, uneffective

English noun: telling

1. telling (communication) an act of narration

SamplesHe was the hero according to his own relation.
His endless recounting of the incident eventually became unbearable.

Synonymsrecounting, relation

Broader (hypernym)narration, recital, yarn

2. telling (communication) informing by words

Synonymsapprisal, notification

Broader (hypernym)informing, making known

Narrower (hyponym)notice, warning

3. telling (communication) disclosing information or giving evidence about another

Synonymssinging, tattle

Broader (hypernym)disclosure, revealing, revelation

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