sciolistic


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sci·o·lism

 (sī′ə-lĭz′əm)
n.
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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Adj.1.sciolistic - showing frivolous or superficial interest; amateurish; "his dilettantish efforts at painting"
superficial - concerned with or comprehending only what is apparent or obvious; not deep or penetrating emotionally or intellectually; "superficial similarities"; "a superficial mind"; "his thinking was superficial and fuzzy"; "superficial knowledge"; "the superficial report didn't give the true picture"; "only superficial differences"
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Nevertheless, Lewis's own lengthy, sciolistic footnote on Burgess's book for children, A Long Trip to Teatime, is virtually a Nabokovian parody of scholarship itself, clearly separating the true scholiast from the mere professoriate.
I feel like sciolistic scum, whose ignorance has been revealed and rejected with an effortless flick of the great one's thumb.