From Late Latin sciolus, diminutive of Latin scius (“knowing”), from sciō (“I know”). It first appears in English at the beginning of the 17th century.
- IPA(key): /ˈsaɪəlɪst/
- Hyphenation: scio‧list
sciolist (plural sciolists)
- One who exhibits only superficial knowledge; a self-proclaimed expert with little real understanding.
1893, James McNeill Whistler, “The Decadent Movement in Literature”, Harper's Magazine:
- But M. Dujardin is a poet; "vers libres" in the hands of a sciolist are the most intolerably easy and annoying of poetical exercises.