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Saturday, May 20, 2006

Definitions for cognoscente

  1. A person with special knowledge of a subject; a connoisseur.

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Citations for cognoscente
However, I thought it well to acquaint myself with the latest scientific thinking, so as not to write a tale that would embarrass me among the cognoscenti. Ronald Wright, A Scientific Romance
In the early 1600s, however, beliefs that decried curiosity and restricted information about the "secrets" of nature to a handful of cognoscenti were under attack. Tom Shachtman, Absolute Zero and the Conquest of Cold
Origin of cognoscente
Cognoscente derives from the Obsolete Italian, from Latin cognoscens, cognoscent-, present participle of cognoscere, "to know."
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