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  • WordNet 3.6
    • n sciolist an amateur who engages in an activity without serious intentions and who pretends to have knowledge
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Sciolist One who knows many things superficially; a pretender to science; a smatterer. "These passages in that book were enough to humble the presumption of our modern sciolists, if their pride were not as great as their ignorance.""A master were lauded and sciolists shent."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n sciolist One who has only superficial knowledge; a pretender to profound or scientific knowledge; a smatterer.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Sciolist one who knows anything superficially: a pretender to science
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. sciolus,. See Sciolous
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. sciolus, dim. of scius, knowing—scīre, to know.


In literature:

Must there not be in this subtle distribution much of what is arbitrary and sciolistic?
"Thoughts on Man" by William Godwin
Hermogenes and himself are mere sciolists, but Cratylus has reflected on these matters, and has had teachers.
"Cratylus" by Plato
And at present it behoved him to bear in mind that he was conversing with no half-bred sciolist.
"Born in Exile" by George Gissing
Dabbler, n. superficialist, sciolist, smatterer, dilettante.
"Putnam's Word Book" by Louis A. Flemming
"Moral Principles and Medical Practice" by Charles Coppens
He is no sciolist himself, and he does not believe in merely superficial attainments in his pupils.
"Western Worthies" by J. Stephen Jeans
The smooth sciolist Stellato rallied his weak wits and uttered a cry of wonder at such flagitious heresy.
"The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 13, No. 80, June, 1864" by Various
Modern Sciolists who cannot wonder: Teufelsdroeckh's contempt for, and advice to them (p. 47).
"Sartor Resartus, and On Heroes, Hero-Worship, and the Heroic in History" by Thomas Carlyle
We must set our ideals towards a very different direction from that which commends itself to our Salmonidian sciolists.
"The Task of Social Hygiene" by Havelock Ellis
No study is so irksome to everybody, except to the sciolists who teach it, as grammar.
"Little Journeys to the Homes of the Great Philosophers, Volume 8" by Elbert Hubbard
But of all this the mind-reading sciolists know nothing and have not attempted to learn anything.
"Buchanan's Journal of Man, March 1887" by Various
He was essentially a scholar, while his friend was as essentially a sciolist.
"A Letter Book" by George Saintsbury
But the scepticism of sciolists lacks the depth and genuineness of truth.
"Means and Ends of Education" by J. L. Spalding
Of all the sciolists, who have offered their services, to remedy this evil, the conscience party is the most remarkable.
"Dealings with the Dead, Volume I (of 2)" by A Sexton of the Old School
Or, scouting a terminology stiff, Couched in sciolist's plain vernacular!
"Punch, or the London Charivari, Vol. 105 September 23, 1893" by Various
But the affectations of the pedants or the sciolists should not be allowed to cast discredit on the fair name of Ignorance.
"The Gentle Reader" by Samuel McChord Crothers

In poetry:

Sure you said—-``Good, the mere notes!
``Still, couldst thou take my intent,
``Know what procured me our Company's votes—-
``A master were lauded and sciolists shent,
``Parted the sheep from the goats!''
"Master Hugues Of Saxe-Gotha" by Robert Browning