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 telling telling

noun

  • disclosing information or giving evidence about another  ( singing, tattle, telling )
    disclosing information or giving evidence about another
  • informing by words  ( apprisal, notification, telling )
    informing by words
  • an act of narration  ( recounting, relation, telling )
    an act of narration
     he was the hero according to his own relation
    he was the hero according to his own relation
     his endless recounting of the incident eventually became unbearable
    his endless recounting of the incident eventually became unbearable
  • adj

  • () disclosing unintentionally something concealed  ( revealing, telling, telltale )
    disclosing unintentionally something concealed
     a telling smile
    a telling smile
     a telltale panel of lights
    a telltale panel of lights
     a telltale patch of oil on the water marked where the boat went down
    a telltale patch of oil on the water marked where the boat went down
  • producing a strong effect  ( impressive, telling )
    producing a strong effect
     gave an impressive performance as Othello
    gave an impressive performance as Othello
     a telling gesture
    a telling gesture
  • powerfully persuasive  ( cogent, telling, weighty )
    powerfully persuasive
     a cogent argument
    a cogent argument
     a telling presentation
    a telling presentation
     a weighty argument
    a weighty argument


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