One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A person who pretends to be knowledgeable and well informed.
- ‘We've become so disappointed with, and repulsed by, the agenda-driven reporting of most of the paper's sciolist (useful word) columnists that we've cancelled our subscription.’
Early 17th century: from late Latin sciolus (diminutive of Latin scius ‘knowing’, from scire ‘know’) + -ist.
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