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sciolism

[sahy-uh-liz-uh m] /ˈsaɪ əˌlɪz əm/
noun
1.
superficial knowledge.
Origin of sciolism
1810-1820
1810-20; < Late Latin sciol(us) one who knows little (diminutive of scius knowing; see conscious, -ole1) + -ism
Related forms
sciolist, noun
sciolistic, adjective
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Historical Examples
  • Such an age of sciolism and scholasticism may possibly once more get the better of the literary world.

    Phaedrus Plato
  • Few things are as distressing as the sciolism of a second-rate English editor of a classic.

    An American at Oxford John Corbin
  • This is scholarship; the secondary information that has been popular is sciolism.

British Dictionary definitions for sciolism

sciolism

/ˈsaɪəˌlɪzəm/
noun
1.
(rare) the practice of opinionating on subjects of which one has only superficial knowledge
Derived Forms
sciolist, noun
sciolistic, adjective
Word Origin
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
n.

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

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