sciolism

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noun sci·o·lism \ˈsī-ə-ˌli-zəm\

Definition of sciolism

  1. :  a superficial show of learning

sciolist

play \-list\ noun

sciolistic

play \ˌsī-ə-ˈlis-tik\ adjective

Did You Know?

Sciolism comes from the Late Latin sciolus, which means "smatterer" (or "one who speaks with spotty or superficial knowledge"). "Sciolus" comes from the diminutive of Latin scius, meaning "knowing," which itself comes from the verb scire, meaning "to know." Of course, if you know something about Latin roots, you know that "scire" is the source of many other English words, including "science," "prescience" ("foreknowledge"), "nescience" ("lack of knowledge"), and "conscience."

Origin and Etymology of sciolism

Late Latin sciolus smatterer, from diminutive of Latin scius knowing, from scire to know — more at science


First Known Use: 1816


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