scin·​til·​lat·​ing ˈsin-tə-ˌlā-tiŋ How to pronounce scintillating (audio)
: brilliantly lively, stimulating, or witty
a scintillating conversation

Examples of scintillating in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The Aztecs lost the opening tip, but that was about the only thing that didn’t go their way in a scintillating 12 minutes. Mark Zeigler, San Diego Union-Tribune, 6 Jan. 2024 Overall, not the most scintillating evening of political discourse ever to grace a presidential debate stage. Paul Beckett, WSJ, 28 Sep. 2023 But this was an early glimpse at the most scintillating story line of the season: Who’ll claim the starting spot behind center after the graduation of Dorian-Thompson Robinson? Houston Mitchell, Los Angeles Times, 5 Apr. 2023 All that scandalous hubbub was more scintillating than what actually happened on screen in the twisty and visually striking but fairly flat psychological thriller. Morgan Hines, USA TODAY, 1 Mar. 2023 All that scandalous hubbub is more scintillating than what actually happens onscreen in the twisty and visually striking but fairly flat psychological thriller. Brian Truitt, USA TODAY, 5 Sep. 2022 But that certainly wasn’t his most scintillating run of the day. cleveland, 21 Aug. 2022 Her countrywoman Grazyna Bacewicz’s Overture sounded under-rehearsed, and in Schumann’s Piano Concerto, Gardolinska unobtrusively supported a scintillating Hélène Grimaud. Los Angeles Times, 11 Sep. 2021 The reason for the couple's split is far less scintillating than your standard Lady Whistledown dispatch—sources say that busy work schedules put too much strain on the new relationship. Michelle Rui, Vogue, 16 Aug. 2021 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1793, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of scintillating was in 1793

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“Scintillating.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Feb. 2024.

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