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sciolist

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From Late Latin sciolus, diminutive of Latin scius (knowing), from sciō (I know). It first appears in English at the beginning of the 17th century.

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sciolist (plural sciolists)

  1. One who exhibits only superficial knowledge; a self-proclaimed expert with little real understanding.
    • 2003, Roy Porter, Flesh in the Age of Reason (Penguin), p. 290:
      Walter is [...] a dupe to the half-baked speculations of every sciolist from Descartes down to ‘Coglionissimo Borri’, and a pack of other dunces.
    • 1893, James McNeill Whistler, "The Decadent Movement in Literature" (Harper's Magazine):
      But M. Dujardin is a poet; "vers libres" in the hands of a sciolist are the most intolerably easy and annoying of poetical exercises.

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