[sahy-uh-liz-uh m]


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

Historical Examples of 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



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.

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