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

Definition of scintillating 

: brilliantly lively, stimulating, or witty a scintillating conversation

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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 This is Downton running on all cylinders, with a ton of scintillating plotlines unfolding upstairs and down. Tom Fitzgerald And Lorenzo Marquez, Town & Country, "The 10 Best Downton Abbey Episodes," 12 Sep. 2018 Their scintillating 3-3 draw with Portugal turned out to be the highlight of Spain's tournament., "Spain Are Back! Why the Last 3 Major Tournaments Aren't a Blip for Football's Great Underachievers," 5 July 2018 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

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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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