noun Etymology: Late Latin sciolus smatterer, from diminutive of Latin scius knowing, from scire to know — more at science Date: 1816 a superficial show of learning • sciolist nounsciolistic adjective

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  • Sciolism — Sci o*lism, n. [See {Sciolist}.] The knowledge of a sciolist; superficial knowledge. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • sciolism — 1816; see SCIOLIST (Cf. sciolist) + ISM (Cf. ism) …   Etymology dictionary

  • sciolism — [sī′ə liz΄əm] n. [< L sciolus, smatterer, dim. of scius, knowing < scire, to know: see SCIENCE] superficial knowledge or learning sciolist n. sciolistic adj …   English World dictionary

  • sciolism — sciolist, n. sciolistic, adj. /suy euh liz euhm/, n. superficial knowledge. [1810 20; < LL sciol(us) one who knows little (dim. of scius knowing; see CONSCIOUS, OLE1) + ISM] * * * …   Universalium

  • sciolism — noun /ˈsajəlɪzm/ The quality of showing opinions on at least one subject of which the perpetrator has little or no knowledge, the practice of this, an instance of the practice of this. See Also: sciolist …   Wiktionary

  • sciolism — sci·o·lism || saɪəʊlɪzm n. superficial knowledge …   English contemporary dictionary

  • sciolism — n. Smattering, shallowness, superficialness, imperfect knowledge, superficial knowledge, slight knowledge …   New dictionary of synonyms

  • sciolism — sci·o·lism …   English syllables

  • sciolism — sci•o•lism [[t]ˈsaɪ əˌlɪz əm[/t]] n. superficial knowledge • Etymology: 1810–20; < LL sciol(us) one who knows little (dim. of L scius knowing; see conscious, ole I) + ism sci′o•list, n. sci o•lis′tic, adj …   From formal English to slang

  • sciolism — /ˈsaɪəlɪzəm/ (say suyuhlizuhm) noun superficial knowledge. {Late Latin sciolus one having little knowledge + ism} –sciolist, noun –sciolistic /saɪəˈlɪstɪk/ (say suyuh listik), adjective …   Australian English dictionary

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