sciolist


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an amateur who engages in an activity without serious intentions and who pretends to have knowledge

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The sciolist tells Toloki that in America "memory transforms the past to palliate the present," and indeed the Quigley family, although often confused about their ancestors, insists on a family story that features strong individuals dedicated to freedom and piety.
11) And he had committed himself early on to a poetics of suggestion which clearly prefigures the Mallarmean aesthetic: in his essay on Blake, for example, Swinburne proposes that "[t]he pure artist never asserts; he suggests, and therefore his meaning is totally lost upon moralists and sciolists.