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Sciólist. n.s. [sciolus, Latin.] One who knows many things superficially.

'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. Glanv. 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. Temple.

Sources: Glanvill, Joseph (53) · Temple, William (54)

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