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Sciolist

Definition: a person who pretends to be a scholar, an intellectual fake.

Pronunciation: SY-uh-list

Origin

Dated back to the 1610’s, sciolist stems from the Latin scire meaning to know. The Late Latin sciolus meant to represent one who knows very little.

Why this word?

Personally, I absolutely love this word! Our world, as well as daily lives, are filled with these individuals, who, for various reasons pretend to know things they essentially do not know. We come across them at the office trying to impress the boss, or at a social gathering trying to make a better impression. The main problem with sciolists is that anyone of true knowledge on a certain matter, would immediately discover their fraud.

Who you are is the best you can be- be yourself. Pretending to be something you are not is always counter affective.

How to use sciolist?

Sciolist is a noun representing anyone who pretends to obtain knowledge he does not have.

First time David introduced me to his friends, I found a group of people drinking wine, eating cheese and namedropping philosophers. It was clear that none of them really knew what those philosophers were about and clearly- they weren’t even enjoying the night. This group of sciolists would have been better of watching soccer and eating hamburgers!”

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Written by Victoria Sheinkin

Victoria Sheinkin is a writer, content editor, translator and chief editor for UnusedWords.com. Speaking three and a half languages, she holds two BAs from the Tel Aviv university- Communication and jounalism, English literature and linguistics.

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