[ sin-tl-ey-ting ]
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  1. animated; vivacious; effervescent: a scintillating personality.

  2. witty; brilliantly clever: a scintillating conversationalist;a play full of scintillating dialogue.

Origin of scintillating

First recorded in 1880–85; scintillat(e) + -ing1

Other words from scintillating

  • scin·til·lat·ing·ly, adverb
  • un·scin·til·lat·ing, adjective

Words Nearby scintillating Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use scintillating in a sentence

  • Its scintillating rays glorified the dark corner with the aureole of a great hope.

    Prison Memoirs of an Anarchist | Alexander Berkman
  • He could not determine his journey's direction But for your bright scintillating protection.

  • Aladdin's Cave it was dubbed—a truly magical world of glassy facets and scintillating crystals.

    The Home of the Blizzard | Douglas Mawson
  • She was a deep reader, and she had that wonderful gift of brilliant, flowing, scintillating speech.

  • But the blue diamond in its scintillating frame was so alluring that Annesley could not refuse.

    The Second Latchkey | Charles Norris Williamson and Alice Muriel Williamson

British Dictionary definitions for scintillating


/ (ˈsɪntɪˌleɪtɪŋ) /

  1. sparkling; twinkling

  2. animated or brilliant

Derived forms of scintillating

  • scintillatingly, adverb

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