sci·​o·​lism | \ ˈsī-ə-ˌli-zəm How to pronounce sciolism (audio) \

Definition of sciolism

: a superficial show of learning

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sciolist \ ˈsī-​ə-​list How to pronounce sciolist (audio) \ noun
sciolistic \ ˌsī-​ə-​ˈli-​stik How to pronounce sciolistic (audio) \ adjective

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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."

First Known Use of sciolism

1816, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for sciolism

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

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“Sciolism.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 21 November 2019.

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