[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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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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


  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

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

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