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Synonyms for telling
ˈtɛl ɪŋtelling

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  1. telling

    effective, powerful, pointed

    weak, ineffective, pointless

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  1. relation, telling, recountingnoun

    an act of narration

    "he was the hero according to his own relation"; "his endless recounting of the incident eventually became unbearable"

    notification, sexual relation, tattle, intercourse, sexual intercourse, singing, copulation, recounting, relation back, carnal knowledge, apprisal, relation, coitus, sex act, relative, congress, sexual congress, coition

    uninformative, uneffective, ineffectual, ineffective, dissuasive

  2. telling, apprisal, notificationnoun

    informing by words

    presentment, recounting, tattle, notice, relation, singing, notification, apprisal

    uninformative, ineffective, dissuasive, ineffectual, uneffective

  3. tattle, singing, tellingadjective

    disclosing information or giving evidence about another

    vocalizing, recounting, tattle, relation, singing, notification, apprisal

    dissuasive, uninformative, uneffective, ineffectual, ineffective

  4. revealing, telling, telltale(a)adjective

    disclosing unintentionally

    "a telling smile"; "a telltale panel of lights"; "a telltale patch of oil on the water marked where the boat went down"

    uneffective, ineffectual, dissuasive, uninformative, ineffective

  5. cogent, telling, weightyadjective

    powerfully persuasive

    "a cogent argument"; "a telling presentation"; "a weighty argument"

    heavy, corpulent, obese, weighty, grave, revealing, telltale(a), rotund, impressive, grievous, cogent

    dissuasive, uneffective, ineffective, ineffectual, uninformative

  6. impressive, tellingadjective

    producing a strong effect

    "gave an impressive performance as Othello"; "a telling gesture"

    weighty, revealing, impressive, cogent, telltale(a)

    uninformative, dissuasive, uneffective, ineffectual, ineffective

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  1. cogentadjective

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  1. tellingadjective


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  1. tellingadjective

    effective, cogent, potent, conclusive

  2. tellingnoun

    notification, apprising, communication, relation, narration, recital, divulgement

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  1. List of paraphrases for "telling":

    eloquent, saying, tell, revealing, say

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  1. Chris Hemsworth:

    Back when I was still on the soap, I became incredibly insecure and full of anxiety because I didn't know if I was any good. I spent years being angsty, constantly telling people I wasn't just part of a soap opera, that I was a real artist, and I remember Luke sort of snapping, telling me to shut up, that he was sick of hearing it.

  2. James Comey:

    [Obama] said he didn’t want to talk to me about any particular case, ‘cause he was very scrupulous about that. And he said, ‘but I want to just tell you something generally. I appointed you to be FBI director because of yoru integrity and your ability,’ and then he looked me in the eye and said, ‘nothing has happened, nothing, in the last year that has changed my view of that.’ And look, he wasn’t telling me, ‘I agree with what you did,’ he wasn’t telling me ‘you made the right decision.’ He was telling me, ‘I know where it came from, I know you’re not a partisan hack. I know you’re trying to do the right thing.’.

  3. Adlai E. Jr. Stevenson:

    I have been thinking that I would make a proposition to my Republican friends... that if they will stop telling lies about the Democrats, we will stop telling the truth about them.

  4. Jameson Green:

    Telling the truth will lead you to freedom telling the lies will lead you to slavery.

  5. Larry Johnson:

    One is telling you to do it; one is telling you don’t, one is telling you it’d be fun.

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