A small, moderate, or token amount.
Synonyms: fragment, particle, speck, ounce, trifle, smidgen
Origin: Middle English, from Latin, from neuter of modicus, moderate, from modus, measure.
As beautifully used in Colum McCann’s Let the Great World Spin:
But life must pass through difficulty in order to achieve any modicum of beauty, he said, and now she was on her way to a place where there were no governments to chain her or enslave her, no miscreants to demand the wrong thing, and none of her own people who were going to turn her flesh to profit.
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