Part of speech: noun
Origin: Latin, late 17th century
A tiny trace or spark of a specified quality or feeling.
Examples of Scintilla in a sentence
"A scintilla of hope rose in his chest when the elevator door opened."
"There was not even a scintilla of evidence to support Kim’s claims."
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This word originated from Latin, where it translates literally to “spark.”
Did you Know?
The noun “scintilla” and the verb “scintillate” come from the same root. Both words originate from Latin, where the word “scintilla” translates directly to “spark” or “ember.” As a noun, it’s a tiny speck, but as the verb, a sparkling light is shining.