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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.]

sci′o·list n.
sci′o·lis′tic adj.
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Noun1.sciolist - an amateur who engages in an activity without serious intentions and who pretends to have knowledge
amateur - someone who pursues a study or sport as a pastime
References in classic literature ?
The hero of the epic is at once sciolist and simpleton, `knowing many things, but knowing them all badly'.
In "On Paradox and Common-Place," "the modern sciolist always inquires after the latest paradox.
At the behest of the sciolist (as Toloki ironically refers to an author attracted to postmodern meta fiction), Toloki investigates mourning on an international level.