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Examples of scintilla in a Sentence
there is not a scintilla of evidence for your outrageous claims
Recent Examples of scintilla from the Web
Both today and in 1944, the government could point to a scintilla of evidence for its policy.
Yet for more than a decade, kitchen workers endured intrusive mass strip searches without a scintilla of privacy,'' attorneys Tonna K. Farrar and Leonard Berman wrote on Cunningham's behalf.
A few minutes after Verratti was sent off, after all, Edinson Cavani scored, offering his team a scintilla of hope.
Mollie, is there a scintilla of doubt that most of members of the mainstream media side with Gary Cohn on not imposing tariffs on aluminum and steel, and think that president will be floundering without him?
The President did not provide a scintilla of evidence to back up his claim.
That's the only scintilla of good news in this sporting obituary.
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There is not a scintilla of doubt over who controls Facebook.
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Did You Know?
Scintilla comes directly from Latin, where it carries the meaning of "spark" - that is, a bright flash such as you might see from a burning ember. In English, however, our use of "scintilla" is restricted to the figurative sense of "spark" - a hint or trace of something that barely suggests its presence. The Latin scintilla is related to the verb "scintillare," which means "to sparkle" and is responsible for our verb "scintillate" ("to sparkle or gleam," literally or figuratively). In an odd twist, "scintilla" underwent a transposition of the "c" and the "t" (a linguistic phenomenon known as metathesis) to create the Vulgar Latin form stincilla, which is believed to be an ancestor of our word stencil.
ace, bit, crumb, dab, dram, driblet, glimmer, hint, lick, little, mite, nip, ounce, particle, peanuts, ray, scruple, shade, shadow, shred, smack, smidgen (also smidgeon), snap, spark, spatter, speck, splash, spot, sprinkling, strain, streak, suspicion, tad, touch, trace;
abundance, barrel, boatload, bucket, bundle, bushel, deal, fistful, gobs, heaps, loads, lot, mass, mess, mountain, much, oodles, passel, peck, pile, plenty, potful, profusion, quantity, raft, reams, scads, stack, wad, wealth;
drop in the bucket;
SCINTILLA Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of scintilla for English Language Learners
: a very small amount of something
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