Use the adjective revealing to describe disclosing something that was hidden, either literally or figuratively. If you ask people if they've ever cheated on a test, you may get revealing answers that tell you whether the person is honest or not.

Revealing comes from the Latin word revelare, which literally means "unveil," and that word has its roots in re-, meaning "the opposite of," and velare meaning "to cover or veil." It is little wonder that the adjective revealing is often used to describe clothing that leaves little to the imagination. If your daughter's date comes to the door in a revealing shirt with almost every button undone, you might ask him to put on a jacket or else he'll be sure to catch cold.

Definitions of revealing

adj showing or making known

“her dress was scanty and revealing
indicative, indicatory, revelatory, significative, suggestive
(usually followed by `of') pointing out or revealing clearly
covering or hiding

adj disclosing unintentionally

telling, telltale
informative, informatory
providing or conveying information

n the act of making something evident

disclosure, revelation
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singing, tattle, telling
disclosing information or giving evidence about another
behavior that makes your feelings public
divulgement, divulgence
the act of disclosing something that was secret or private
something that is discovered
(law) compulsory pretrial disclosure of documents relevant to a case; enables one side in a litigation to elicit information from the other side concerning the facts in the case
an unintentional disclosure
informing, ratting
to furnish incriminating evidence to an officer of the law (usually in return for favors)
leak, news leak
unauthorized (especially deliberate) disclosure of confidential information
the disclosure of something secret
a deliberate display of emotion for effect
a display that is exaggerated or unduly complicated
sackcloth and ashes
a display of extreme remorse or repentance or grief
expose, unmasking
the exposure of an impostor or a fraud
the exposure of scandal (especially about public figures)
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speech act
the use of language to perform some act

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