Definitions for: Sciolist


[n] an amateur who engages in an activity without serious intentions and who pretends to have knowledge



Webster (1913) Definition: Sci"o*list, n. [L. sciolus. See Sciolous.]
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. --Sir W.
Temple.

A master were lauded and sciolists shent. --R.
Browning.

Synonyms: dabbler, dilettante

See Also: amateur

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