sciolist

sciolism

[sahy-uh-liz-uhm]
noun
superficial knowledge.

Origin:
1810–20; < Late Latin sciol(us) one who knows little (diminutive of scius knowing; see conscious, -ole1) + -ism

sciolist, noun
sciolistic, adjective
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sciolism (ˈsaɪəˌlɪzəm)
 
n
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]
 
'sciolist
 
n
 
scio'listic
 
adj

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sciolist
1615, "smatterer, pretender to knowledge," from L.L. sciolus "one who knows a little," dim. of scius "knowing," from scire "to know" (see science).
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