scin·​til·​lat·​ing | \ ˈsin-tə-ˌlā-tiŋ \

Definition of scintillating

: brilliantly lively, stimulating, or witty a scintillating conversation

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Episode 10 of Riverdale is sure to be scintillating. Alison Caporimo, Seventeen, "Is "Riverdale" On Tonight?," 23 Jan. 2019 The Egypt international has been linked with a potential exit to one of La Liga's powerhouses in Real Madrid and Barcelona following a scintillating season which saw him break a series of records following a 44 goal campaign across all competitions., "Mohamed Salah's Agent Hits Back Amid Claims Liverpool Star Was 'Offered' to Barcelona," 7 June 2018 This scintillating, seductive tonal language became a Russian musical hallmark, not just in works by the Mighty Five, but by a wide swath of composers into the 20th century, including Tchaikovsky, Glazunov, Rachmaninoff and Scriabin. Barrymore Laurence Scherer, WSJ, "‘Rimsky-Korsakov and His World’ Review: Celebrating a Russian Master," 8 Aug. 2018 Gary Lineker was banging in goals, Paul Gascoigne was at his scintillating best, and the Three Lions could actually win a knockout game in an international tournament., "World Cup Countdown: 7 Weeks to Go - 'World In Motion' & the Greatest World Cup Songs Ever," 6 May 2018 Does anyone really want an NFL deprived of scintillating scorers like Kansas City’s young quarterback Patrick Mahomes? Jason Gay, WSJ, "Would You Watch Football Without All the Violence?," 21 Nov. 2018 Standouts include a fantastic flamingo pink cropped fur Gucci chubbie, an acid green terry cloth polo, a gorgeous python skin jacket, and a scintillating leopard print wrap top and skirt set. Monica Kim, Vogue, "James Veloria Christens JV Retreat—A Red Hot Vintage Playroom—With a ’90s Tom Ford Sale," 15 Nov. 2018 And books stitched out of a series of prestigious lectures have never been good bets for scintillating reading experiences. Maureen Corrigan, WSJ, "‘Mad, Bad, Dangerous to Know’ Review: Prodigal Fathers, Difficult Sons," 25 Oct. 2018 Goff passed for career highs of 465 yards and five touchdowns, winning a scintillating duel with his Minnesota counterpart and leading the unbeaten Los Angeles Rams to a 38-31 victory over the Vikings on Thursday night. Greg Beacham, Fox News, "Rams top Vikings, 38-31, as Goff throws for 465 yards, 5 TDs," 28 Sep. 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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