Origin of modicumLate Middle English from L, neuter of modicus, moderate from modus: see mode
Modicum is defined as a small amount.
An example of modicum is a sprinkle of cheese.
A small amount of something: “England still expects a modicum of eccentricity in its artists” ( Ian Jack )
Origin of modicumMiddle English from Latin from neuter of modicus moderate from modus measure ; see med- in Indo-European roots.
- The old Latin school had only one main subject, the study of Latin style (combined with a modicum of Greek).
- I was pleased with the overall response and I think we collectively felt a modicum of relief.
- During a life of incessant activity Chalmers scarcely ever allowed a day to pass without its modicum of composition; at the most unseasonable times, and in the most unlikely places, he would occupy himself with literary work.
- The thought that he might be gave her a modicum of confidence.
- I knew she remained frightened and I sensed his knowledge of the apparent closeness of the Delabama killer gave at least a modicum of comfort.