- One who exhibits only superficial knowledge; a self-proclaimed expert with little real understanding.
Etymology: From late Latin sciolus, diminutive of Latin scius "knowling", from scire "know". It first appears in English at the beginning of the 17th century.
- 2003: Walter is ... a dupe to the half-baked speculations of every from Descartes down to "Coglionissimo Borri", and a pack of other dunces " Roy Porter, Flesh in the Age of Reason (Penguin 2004, p. 290)
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