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scintilla Line breaks: scin|tilla
Pronunciation: /sɪnˈtɪlə/

Definition of scintilla in English:


[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.
particle, iota, jot, whit, atom, speck, bit, trace, ounce, shred, crumb, morsel, fragment, grain, drop, spot, mite, tittle, jot or tittle, modicum, hint, touch, suggestion, whisper, suspicion
informal smidgen, smidge, tad
Irish informal stim
archaic scantling, scruple


Late 17th century: from Latin.

Words that rhyme with scintilla

Anguilla, Aquila, Attila, Camilla, cedilla, chiller, chinchilla, driller, Drusilla, fibrillar, filler, flotilla, fulfiller, Godzilla, gorilla, griller, guerrilla, killer, Manila, manilla, mantilla, miller, pillar, Priscilla, sapodilla, sarsaparilla, Schiller, scilla, spiller, swiller, thriller, tiller, vanilla, vexilla, villa, Willa, willer, zorilla
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