I am looking for a word or phrase that could describe someone who has spent a lot of time learning some form of wisdom, yet the word or phrase must reflect the fact that the person writing the description does not believe that wisdom to be truly enlightening.

In short, I'm looking for the equivalent of the following sentence, but without the need for scare quotes:

She has spent time growing "wise" from their writings.

Target sentence (which can include prepositions or other words aside from the line if necessary):

"She has spent time _____ing their writings."

Thank you.

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    You're gonna have to write a sentence and leave a blank where you want the requested word to go. That's how single-word requests are done here. – AmE speaker Mar 3 '17 at 20:47
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    A phrase used to describe this situation is 'They're too clever by half.' From ODO: PHRASE ... informal ... (of a person) annoyingly proud of their intelligence or skill, and liable to overreach themselves ‘he always was too clever by half’ // Wiktionary has: 'Shrewd but flawed by overthinking or excessive complexity, with a resulting tendency to be unreliable or unsuccessful.' – Edwin Ashworth Mar 3 '17 at 20:54
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    Generally, this person would be called a fool. – Hot Licks Mar 3 '17 at 22:05
  • i’d say they are conceited – Jim Mar 3 '17 at 22:44
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    You might consider deluded - although it has a much wider reach. – Ronald Sole Mar 4 '17 at 0:25

Sophomoric fits, I think. From M-W:

  1. conceited and overconfident of knowledge but poorly informed and immature • a sophomoric argument

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