Is "revelationary" a word in the English language?.

If it isn't a word in proper English, then which word, if any, can be used for something that leads to a revelation?

  • Have you tried a dictionary. You'll quickly find out if "revelationary" exists. Could you tell us something about the context? – Mari-Lou A Aug 6 '13 at 18:32
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    I was looking for something that could expound on the feeling related to thespian arts and drama.... like catharsis and something that leads to revelation... in this case, as told by @bib 'revelatory'. – harry_SJ Aug 6 '13 at 18:49
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    I find it interesting that the top related question to this one is: If I invent a word, what language is it? . Who knows, perhaps that fact is even revelationary. ;-) – T.E.D. Aug 6 '13 at 20:04
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    @Mari-LouA: That is not necessarily true. Even the best dictionaries don't have every possible affixation possible; ther are just too many possibilities. 'nonneologistically' is definitely a word formed by grammatically allowed prefix and suffix processes. But it is not in any dictionary I could find online or off. – Mitch Aug 7 '13 at 0:53
  • @Mitch I just checked with google, instead of using an online dictionary and it appears "revelationary" does exist.wordnik.com/words/revelationary and en.wiktionary.org/wiki/revelationary with the exact meaning the OP was looking for. On my spell checker there are red wriggly lines but... I would never have said so. – Mari-Lou A Aug 7 '13 at 7:09

You may be looking for revelatory

of or relating to a revelation


While revelatory may be the technically correct word in most circumstances, what struck me most strongly about revelationary was its homophonic resemblance to revolutionary. I can easily imagine an author choosing revelationary in certain circumstances in order to create this homophonic effect for the reader.

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