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sciolism

[ sahy-uh-liz-uhm ]
/ ˈsaɪ əˌlɪz əm /
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noun
superficial knowledge.
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Origin of sciolism

First recorded in 1750–60; from Late Latin sciol(us) “one who knows little,” (diminutive of scius “knowing”; see conscious, -ole1) + -ism

OTHER WORDS FROM sciolism

sci·o·list, nounsci·o·lis·tic, adjective
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How to use sciolism in a sentence

  • There are many positions in life wherein Sciolism seems to be more profitable than knowledge.

  • 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.

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

British Dictionary definitions for sciolism

sciolism
/ (ˈsaɪəˌlɪzəm) /

noun
rare the practice of opinionating on subjects of which one has only superficial knowledge

Derived forms of sciolism

sciolist, 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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