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[sin-til-uh] /sɪnˈtɪl ə/
a minute particle; spark; trace:
not a scintilla of remorse.
Origin of scintilla
1685-95; < Latin: spark Unabridged
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Examples from the web for scintilla
  • She wants us to accept, without a scintilla of real evidence, that autism is an epidemic.
  • 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.
  • It is more than a mere scintilla of evidence but may be less than a preponderance.
  • Substantial evidence is more than a mere scintilla but may be less than a preponderance.
British Dictionary definitions for scintilla


a minute amount; hint, trace, or particle
Word Origin
C17: from Latin: a spark
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Word Origin and History for scintilla

1690s, "spark, glimmer," hence "least particle, trace," from figurative use of Latin scintilla "particle of fire, spark, glittering speck, atom," probably from PIE *ski-nto-, from root *skai- "to shine, to gleam" (cf. Gothic skeinan, Old English scinan "to shine;" see shine (v.)).

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