Definition of scintilla in English:

scintilla

Syllabification: scin·til·la
Pronunciation: /sinˈtilə
 
/

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.
    Synonyms
    particle, iota, jot, whit, atom, speck, bit, trace, ounce, shred, crumb, fragment, grain, drop, spot, modicum, hint, touch, suggestion, whisper, suspicion
    informal smidgen, tad

Origin

late 17th century: from Latin.

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