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SCIOLIST, one who, with only a superficial knowledge or a smattering of knowledge on any particular subject, claims or pretends to a complete or profound learning. The Lat. sciohis, a diminutive of scius , learned, from scire, to know, is only found in post-classical times, e.g. Hieronymus, A.D. 420, Episl. 48. 18. It first appears in English at the beginning of the 17th century.

Note - this article incorporates content from Encyclopaedia Britannica, Eleventh Edition, (1910-1911)

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