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Synonyms for smatterer

one lacking professional skill and ease in a particular pursuit

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As his friend William Derham recalled: "to avoid being baited by little Smatterers in Mathematicks, [Newton] has told me, he designedly made his Principia abtruse.
Newton has boasted privately to a friend that he has deliberately made the Principia as unreadable as possible "to avoid being bated by little smatterers in mathematics.
In each discipline there are always weak works, produced by dullards, mediocrities and smatterers.
We live at a time when contemporary publicists and smatterers dominate the scene and dictate opinion and policy--when, too, equalitarian attitudes and dispositions have an imperial sway, and moral and intellectual perspectives are fluid and expedient.