Definition of Telling

1. Noun. An act of narration. "His endless recounting of the incident eventually became unbearable"

Exact synonyms: Recounting, Relation
Generic synonyms: Narration, Recital, Yarn
Derivative terms: Recount, Relate, Tell



2. Adjective. Disclosing unintentionally. "A telltale patch of oil on the water marked where the boat went down"
Exact synonyms: Revealing, Telltale
Similar to: Informative, Informatory
Derivative terms: Telltale

3. Noun. Informing by words.
Exact synonyms: Apprisal, Notification
Generic synonyms: Informing, Making Known
Specialized synonyms: Notice, Warning
Derivative terms: Apprise, Notify, Tell

4. Adjective. Powerfully persuasive. "A weighty argument"
Exact synonyms: Cogent, Weighty
Similar to: Persuasive
Derivative terms: Cogency, Weightiness

5. Noun. Disclosing information or giving evidence about another.
Exact synonyms: Singing, Tattle
Generic synonyms: Disclosure, Revealing, Revelation
Derivative terms: Sing, Tattle, Tell

6. Adjective. Producing a strong effect. "A telling gesture"
Exact synonyms: Impressive
Similar to: Effective, Effectual, Efficacious
Derivative terms: Impress, Impress, Impressiveness

Definition of Telling

1. a. Operating with great effect; effective; as, a telling speech.

Definition of Telling

1. Adjective. having force ¹

2. Adjective. revealing information ¹

3. Adjective. serving to convince ¹

4. Verb. (present participle of tell) ¹

5. Noun. The act of narration. ¹

6. Noun. The disclosure of information. ¹

7. Noun. (archaic) Counting, numbering. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Telling

1. tell [v] - See also: tell

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Literary usage of Telling

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The Life and Strange Surprizing Adventures of Robinson Crusoe, of York by Daniel Defoe (1790)
"... he would be talking to him, and telling him one ftory or another of his travels, and of what had happened to him abroad, to divert him. ..."

2. The Pilgrim's Progress by John Bunyan (1846)
"So when they were come to her house, she qua|nt, her falls to telling of the story of Christiana, and friends what the of her intended journey. ..."

3. The Science of Fairy Tales: An Inquiry Into Fairy Mythology by Edwin Sidney Hartland (1891)
"The art of story-telling—Unity of human imagination—Definition of Fairy ... THE art of story-telling has been cultivated in all ages and among all nations ..."

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