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Princeton's WordNet

  1. dabbler, dilettante, sciolistnoun

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


  1. sciolistnoun

    One who exhibits only superficial knowledge; a self-proclaimed expert with little real understanding.

  2. Etymology: From sciolus, diminutive of scius, from scio. It first appears in English at the beginning of the 17th century.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Sciolistnoun

    One who knows many things superficially.

    Etymology: sciolus, Latin.

    ’Twas this vain idolizing of authors which gave birth to that silly vanity of impertinent citations: these ridiculous fooleries signify nothing to the more generous discerners, but the pedantry of the affected sciolists. Joseph Glanvill, Sceps.

    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. William Temple.


  1. sciolist

    A sciolist is a person who claims to have knowledge or expertise that they do not actually possess; a superficial pretender to knowledge or learning.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Sciolistnoun

    one who knows many things superficially; a pretender to science; a smatterer

  2. Etymology: [L. sciolus. See Sciolous.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of sciolist in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of sciolist in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

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