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scintilla

Syllabification: scin·til·la
Pronunciation: /sinˈtilə
 
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Definition of scintilla in English:

noun

[in singular]
A tiny trace or spark of a specified quality or feeling: a scintilla of doubt
More example sentences
  • My understanding from his interview was that he did show a scintilla of self-doubt, which is very helpful for the commission, because after all, they need to make recommendations.
  • Apart from squandering the resources of a prodigiously gifted cast, the film's greatest shortcoming must be its inability to generate the merest scintilla of dramatic tension around its central narrative thread.
  • If he and his handlers had a scintilla of good judgment, they would give up the fight and embrace her as a worthy member of the Western canon - which she is, despite what they say.
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Origin

late 17th century: from Latin.

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