[ sahy-uh-liz-uh m ]
/ ˈsaɪ əˌlɪz əm /


superficial knowledge.

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. 2019

Examples from the Web for sciolistic

  • Must there not be in this subtle distribution much of what is arbitrary and sciolistic?

    Thoughts on Man|William Godwin

British Dictionary definitions for sciolistic


/ (ˈsaɪəˌlɪzəm) /


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 sciolistic



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper