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A pretentious attitude of scholarship; superficial knowledgeability.
[From Late Latin sciolus, smatterer, diminutive of Latin scius, knowing, from scīre, to know; see skei- in Indo-European roots.]
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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]
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sci•o•lism(ˈsaɪ əˌlɪz əm)
[1810–20; < Late Latin sciol(us) one who knows little (diminutive of Latin scius knowing; see conscious, -ole1) + -ism]
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a superficial knowledge, especially when pretentiously revealed. — sciolist, n. — sciolistic, sciolous, adj.See also: Knowledge
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