sciolism

[sahy-uh-liz-uh m]
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Origin of sciolism

1810–20; < Late Latin sciol(us) one who knows little (diminutive of scius knowing; see conscious, -ole1) + -ism
Related formssci·o·list, nounsci·o·lis·tic, adjective
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Historical Examples of sciolism

  • This is scholarship; the secondary information that has been popular is sciolism.

  • Such an age of sciolism and scholasticism may possibly once more get the better of the literary world.

  • Few things are as distressing as the sciolism of a second-rate English editor of a classic.


British Dictionary definitions for sciolism

sciolism

noun
  1. rare the practice of opinionating on subjects of which one has only superficial knowledge
Derived Formssciolist, nounsciolistic, adjective

Word Origin for sciolism

C19: from Late Latin sciolus someone with a smattering of knowledge, from Latin scīre to know
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Word Origin and History for sciolism
n.

"a show of knowledge," 1798; see sciolist + -ism.

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