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Examples of iota in a Sentence
there's not an iota of doubt regarding the defendant's guilt
Recent Examples of iota from the Web
Each iota of desire comes with the consequence of pain, and being a woman had me like a Hungry Ghost.
This is also her first solo show in Los Angeles, and there’s not one iota of stage fright here.
Do Not: Watch any movie that has an iota of romance.
Human nature hasn’t changed one iota over the millennia.
The maligned front five of Cincinnati allowed Andy Dalton to take brutal hits, be sacked three more times and fail to muster an iota of push in the run game.
Since the election, every iota of news has somehow come to seem more urgent, with each newsbreak, tweet, press conference, and cable news countdown clock hurtling toward …
The most commonly stated argument in favor of physically disrupting white-supremacist rallies is that society can’t give an iota of legitimacy to these groups.
Along with their Democrat colleagues, nearly every Republican official who maintains any iota of respectability (and even some who lost any respectability long ago) have denounced Trump’s rhetoric.
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iota and Jot
The words iota and jot share a lot more than just a common meaning—both ultimately derive from the same word. When Latin scholars transcribed the Greek name of the ninth letter of the Greek alphabet, they spelled it as either iota or jota (the letters i and j were simply variants of each other), and these spellings eventually passed into English as iota and jot. Since the Greek letter iota is the smallest letter of its alphabet, both words eventually came to be used in reference to very small things.
Origin and Etymology of iota
First Known Use: 1542See Words from the same year
ace, bit, crumb, dab, driblet, glimmer, hint, little, mite, nip, ounce, particle, peanuts, pin, ray, scrap, scruple, semblance, shade, shadow, shred, smidgen (also smidgeon), speck, spot, sprinkling, strain, streak, suspicion, touch, trace;
IOTA Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of iota for English Language Learners
: a very small amount
IOTA Defined for Kids
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