One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1The ninth letter of the Greek alphabet (Ι, ι), transliterated as ‘i.’.
- 1.1IotaAstronomy followed by Latin genitive The ninth star in a constellation.‘Iota Piscium’
- 1.1IotaAstronomy followed by Latin genitive The ninth star in a constellation.
2in singular, usually with negative An extremely small amount.‘nothing she said seemed to make an iota of difference’
bit, mite, speck, scrap, shred, ounce, scintilla, atom, jot, tittle, jot or tittle, whit, little bit, tiniest bit, particle, fraction, morsel, grainView synonyms
- ‘‘Near-death does that to you,’ he replies without an iota of self-consciousness.’
- ‘Those things don't come from the hoi-polloi, and I say that without meaning an iota of superciliousness.’
- ‘Some of my readers tend to forget this and talk as though positions taken by me or one of my readers are going to make one iota of difference in whether our present ecclesiats remain or don't.’
- ‘Such stories will have their impact and he doesn't have an iota of doubt on that.’
- ‘So this 300 or so words every month are hardly going to make one iota of a difference or influence incredulous decisions by the powers that be.’
- ‘I say this next bit without an iota of hyperbole.’
- ‘WITHOUT an iota of irony, misty-eyed fans with typewriters are fond of referring to football as ‘the beautiful game’.’
- ‘In topflight chess, it's extremely important for White to milk every iota of advantage out of the first move.’
- ‘It will not make one iota of difference to the kids out there.’
- ‘Again, it is not clear that they differ one iota on their view of this dispute.’
- ‘The difference is that everybody with an iota of intelligence understands and recognises political diatribe when it comes from politicians.’
- ‘As my taxi driver drove me from the Islamabad airport into the heart of Rawalpindi, Pakistan, I was struck by how different every iota of existence was here.’
- ‘In any event, we say it makes not one iota of difference whatsoever.’
- ‘Many poems have been written without an iota of sadness or any negative emotion and are still considered works of art.’
- ‘North Korea has not changed an iota in this era of rapid change.’
- ‘Having some Government bureaucracy, at a cost of $28 million, is not really going to make one iota of difference to those families who are most in need.’
- ‘Much to her credit, no amount of upbraiding or name-calling has moved her an iota.’
- ‘I don't believe home advantage makes an iota of difference anymore in Gaelic football.’
- ‘And don't expect your cholesterol to drop one iota from the smidgen of soy protein that breakfast cereal adds.’
- ‘Some civil servant looked at her application and said: ‘Rules is rules,’ without applying an iota of common sense.’
From Greek iōta. iota (sense 2) arose because iota is the smallest letter of the Greek alphabet: compare with jot.
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