scin·​til·​lat·​ing | \ ˈsin-tə-ˌlā-tiŋ How to pronounce scintillating (audio) \

Definition of scintillating

: brilliantly lively, stimulating, or witty a scintillating conversation

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Recent Examples on the Web For a glimpse of what makes Seoul so scintillating, check out this story by our writer J. Maarten Troost. National Geographic, "What are your New Year's travel resolutions?," 31 Dec. 2019 The 49ers’ resiliency was tested during their scintillating 34-31 win over the Los Angeles Rams in Week 16. oregonlive, "Seattle Seahawks vs San Francisco 49ers: Sunday Night Football live score updates, TV channel, how to watch free live stream online," 29 Dec. 2019 In the last race of her fifth and final Winter Olympics, Randall captured a gold medal in the women’s team sprint in Pyeongchang, South Korea, teaming with Jessie Diggins of Minnesota for a scintillating victory in the women’s team sprint. Beth Bragg, Anchorage Daily News, "The final countdown: Our top 3 Alaska sports stories of the decade," 29 Dec. 2019 Image Alex De Minaur De Minaur, 18, an Australian, has played scintillating tennis in the tournaments leading up to his country’s Open. Geoff Macdonald, New York Times, "Players to Watch," 13 Jan. 2018 Running back Jayden McGruder had a scintillating 70-yard run to the five-yard line. Emmett Hall,, "Lauderhill Lions roar to FYFL Super Bowl title," 5 Dec. 2019 So, all credit to the young Russian virtuoso pianist Daniil Trifonov for beginning his artist-in-residence season at the New York Philharmonic on Wednesday with a scintillating account of this Scriabin rarity, with Jaap van Zweden conducting. New York Times, "A Star Pianist Brings Soft-Spoken Virtuosity to Scriabin," 28 Nov. 2019 The Clippers beat the Lakers 112-102, in a scintillating game that had a roaring Staples Center crowd, split between two in its allegiances, on its feet for much of the night. Motez Bishara, CNN, "Clippers topple Lakers in revamped rivalry as NBA looks past China," 23 Oct. 2019 Porter is well aware that bankruptcy law and consumer protection aren’t the most scintillating subjects. Kim Kelly, The New Republic, "The Freshman Democrat Who’s Making Conservatives Squirm," 18 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of scintillating

1793, in the meaning defined above

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24 Jan 2020

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“Scintillating.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of scintillating

: very clever, amusing, and interesting

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