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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'.
He allows 'sciolists' criticism of his 'melancholy' (l.