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2 definitions found
 for sciolist
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Sciolist \Sci"o*list\, n. [L. sciolus. See Sciolous.]
     One who knows many things superficially; a pretender to
     science; a smatterer.
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           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.
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           A master were lauded and sciolists shent. --R.
                                                    Browning.
     [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  sciolist
      n 1: an amateur who engages in an activity without serious
           intentions and who pretends to have knowledge [syn:
           dabbler, dilettante, sciolist]

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