from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A pretentious attitude of scholarship; superficial knowledgeability.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Superficial knowledge; unfounded pretense to profound or scientific knowledge.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun The knowledge of a sciolist; superficial knowledge.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun The quality of showing opinions on at least one subject of which the perpetrator has little or no knowledge, the practice of this, an instance of the practice of this.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun pretentious superficiality of knowledge


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[From Late Latin sciolus, smatterer, diminutive of Latin scius, knowing, from scīre, to know; see skei- in Indo-European roots.]


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