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sciolism

[sahy-uh-liz-uh m] /ˈsaɪ əˌlɪz əm/
noun
1.
superficial knowledge.
Origin
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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British Dictionary definitions for sciolist

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 sciolist
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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