a minute particle; spark; trace: not a scintilla of remorse.

1685–95; < Latin: spark Unabridged
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scintilla (sɪnˈtɪlə)
a minute amount; hint, trace, or particle
[C17: from Latin: a spark]

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Word Origin & History

1692, from fig. use of L. scintilla "particle of fire, spark, glittering speck, atom," probably from PIE *ski-nto-, from base *skai- "to shine, to gleam" (cf. Goth. skeinan, O.E. scinan "to shine").
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Example sentences
She wants us to accept, without a scintilla of real evidence, that autism is an
Then and only then make a decision on prosecution, so that there is no
  scintilla of haste or heat.
It is more than a mere scintilla but may be less than a preponderance.
It has also been defined as more than a scintilla and less than a preponderance.
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