- superficial knowledge.
Origin of sciolism
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Examples from the Web for sciolist
We may leave the Sciolist, and the Merest Tyro, to fight about niceties.A Likely Story
William De Morgan
He was essentially a scholar, while his friend was as essentially a sciolist.A Letter Book
He hopped about the office for a minute or two, and then he informed me that I was an 18-karat sciolist.Coffee and Repartee
John Kendrick Bangs
He is no sciolist himself, and he does not believe in merely superficial attainments in his pupils.Western Worthies
J. Stephen Jeans
I mean no disrespect in styling Mr. Bishop a sciolist (or undeveloped scientist).
- rare the practice of opinionating on subjects of which one has only superficial knowledge
C19: from Late Latin sciolus someone with a smattering of knowledge, from Latin scīre to know
Word Origin and History for sciolist
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