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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


Antonymsuninformative

2. telling powerfully persuasive


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


Synonymscogent, weighty


Similarpersuasive


Antonymsdissuasive

3. telling producing a strong effect


SamplesGave an impressive performance as Othello.
A telling gesture.


Synonymsimpressive


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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