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WordNet 3.0Copyright Princeton University


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n. - An amateur who engages in an activity without serious intentions and who pretends to have knowledge.

Usage examples (38)
  • How often do we hear the sciolist condemned in these words:
  • O, divine science (sciolist), we bless thy name; thou hast delivered us from the terrors of dogmatic fear!
  • The hero of the epic is at once sciolist and simpleton, ‘knowing many things, but knowing them all badly’.
  • And yet I lately met a sciolist who pompously announced to me this philological absurdity as a discovery of his own. for more
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