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From scintillate +‎ -ing.


  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˈsɪn.tɪ.leɪ.tɪŋ/



  1. present participle of scintillate


scintillating ‎(comparative more scintillating, superlative most scintillating)

  1. That scintillates with brief flashes of light; sparkling.
    • 1994, Edward St Aubyn, Bad News, Picador 2006, p. 147:
      On the scintillating water yellow and blue boats bobbed up and down.
    • 2012, The Economist, 13 Oct 2012, Obituary: Nguyen Chi Thien, citing Nguyen Chi Thien
      They sank me into the ocean / Wishing me to remain in the depths. / I became a deep sea diver / And came up covered with scintillating pearls.
  2. Brilliantly or impressively clever, exciting, amusing or witty.
    • 1864, Edgar Allen Poe, The Literati of New York - No. II - Anna Cora Mowatt
      Her sketches and tales may be said to be cleverly written. They are lively, easy, conventional, scintillating with a species of sarcastic wit, which might be termed good were it in any respect original.
    • 1898, Winston Churchill, chapter 8, in The Celebrity:
      The humor of my proposition appealed more strongly to Miss Trevor than I had looked for, and from that time forward she became her old self again; [] . Our table in the dining-room became again the abode of scintillating wit and caustic repartee, Farrar bracing up to his old standard, and the demand for seats in the vicinity rose to an animated competition.
    • 2011 January 29, Ian Hughes, “Southampton 1-2 Man Utd”, BBC:
      The hosts maintained their discipline and shape, even threatening to grab a second goal on the break - left-back Dan Harding made a scintillating run, skipping past a few challenges before prodding a right-footed shot that did not match his build-up.