scin·til·lat·ing | \ˈsin-tə-ˌlā-tiŋ \

Definition of scintillating 

: brilliantly lively, stimulating, or witty a scintillating conversation

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His combination of energy, ingenuity and ruthlessness made for scintillating viewing throughout the Premier League season, after which he was named the league’s player of the year. Andrew Keh, New York Times, "Egypt Is ‘100 Percent’ Confident Salah Will Play," 14 June 2018 Some of the drier chapters lean into Congressional testimony and legal mumbo-jumbo — Villareal is a real Texas attorney, so that stuff’s solid if not scintillating. Brian Truitt, USA TODAY, "Clever 'Vampire Uprising': These blood-suckers are demanding their civil rights!," 5 June 2018 Goals from Yerry Mina, Radamel Falcao and Juan Cuadrado condemned Poland to their second defeat in the tournament as Colombia kept their round of 16 hopes alive with a scintillating performance., "Poland Boss Adam Nawałka Takes Full Responsibility Following Crushing 3-0 Defeat to Colombia," 25 June 2018 But Konta acknowledged that tennis can end up the big loser when a scintillating rally is followed by the server bouncing the ball two dozen times. Karen Crouse, New York Times, "Tennis Players Get Ready to Be Put on the Clock (Visibly)," 11 July 2018 Example: Game 5 of that series, the Astros' scintillating 13-12, ten-inning, five hour and 17 minute victory, is nominated for Best Game. Stacey Leasca, Southern Living, "9 Words That Will Make You Sound Smarter," 3 July 2018 Tuesday’s report is the kind of scintillating stuff that has Heat fans (and those from other teams in the conference chasing Boston and Philadelphia) already dreaming up scenarios of how to get back into the championship mix. Manny Navarro, miamiherald, "Could Butler be next disgruntled star Heat targets? Plus, Ellington watch continues," 4 July 2018 Sweden and Switzerland will get the ball rolling in Saint Petersburg Tuesday (10 a.m. ET) followed by a scintillating match pitting soccer-rich nations England against Colombia (2 p.m. ET). Editors, USA TODAY, "Fourth of July travel, Thailand cave search, World Cup: 5 things to know Tuesday," 3 July 2018 That power, of course, also radiates onstage, where Ms. Bouder is known for her scintillating athleticism, clarity and attack. Siobhan Burke, New York Times, "Ashley Bouder, the Feminist Ballerina With a Mission," 29 June 2018

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1793, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of scintillating

: very clever, amusing, and interesting

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