Origin of scintilla
Examples from the Web for scintilla
That had more than a scintilla of substance—is Mitt actually a political shape-shifter?Hilary Rosen, Ann Romney, and the Perpetual Outrage Industry|Howard Kurtz|April 17, 2012|DAILY BEAST
How could anyone do all this without leaving behind a scintilla of microscopic evidence?
Forde is among those who note that every scintilla of blame cannot be put on FitzPatrick and Drumm.
It does take a certain talent to take Paul Newman and present the actor without a scintilla of excitement.
I have not a scintilla of interest in being at court when the judge sentences him.
This seems to me to have not a scintilla of justice about it.The Mormon Puzzle, and How to Solve It|R. W. Beers
James Crossley seems to believe that there was "some scintilla of truth" behind the story.A History of Witchcraft in England from 1558 to 1718|Wallace Notestein
This charge Mr. Harrison makes with brazen effrontery, but does not bring a scintilla of evidence to sustain it.Assassination of Lincoln: a History of the Great Conspiracy|Thomas Mealey Harris
Don't be jealous, Scintilla; we're next to you women, too, believe me.
Scintilla also cried out through her tears, calling him "Gaius," and entreating him by his guardian angel to be mollified.
British Dictionary definitions for scintilla
Word Origin for scintilla
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.)).