telling

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English[edit]

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Adjective[edit]

telling ‎(comparative more telling, superlative most telling)

  1. having force
  2. revealing information
    • 2014 October 21, Oliver Brown, “Oscar Pistorius jailed for five years – sport afforded no protection against his tragic fallibilities: Bladerunner's punishment for killing Reeva Steenkamp is but a frippery when set against the burden that her bereft parents, June and Barry, must carry [print version: No room for sentimentality in this tragedy, 13 September 2014, p. S22]”, in The Daily Telegraph (Sport)[1]:
      But ever since the concept of "hamartia" recurred through Aristotle's Poetics, in an attempt to describe man's ingrained iniquity, our impulse has been to identify a telling defect in those brought suddenly and dramatically low.
  3. serving to convince

Verb[edit]

telling

  1. present participle of tell

Noun[edit]

telling ‎(plural tellings)

  1. The act of narration.
  2. The disclosure of information.
  3. (archaic) Counting, numbering.

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Dutch[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (file)
  • Hyphenation: tel‧ling

Etymology[edit]

From tellen +‎ -ing

Noun[edit]

telling f ‎(plural tellingen, diminutive tellinkje n)

  1. counting, count

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