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Any scintilla or fleck of truth I can pick off from a revolutionary, I take but I will not take him.

Not a scintilla of proof appeared that these men were spies.

They had merely waited that scintilla of ocular confirmation of a known danger.

This seems to me to have not a scintilla of justice about it.

Neither history nor geology have scintilla of answer to those questions.

Did Mixtus not discover this view of Scintilla's before their marriage?

Mr. Rand, there is not one scintilla of truth in any of these scurrilous stories!

Give me a scintilla of evidence, and I am ready to jump at them.

Don't be jealous, Scintilla; we're next to you women, too, believe me.

Scintilla was frightened, too, and shielded the shuddering woman with her garment.

WORD ORIGIN

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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