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Dilettante

Dilettante Meaning & Definition
Dilettante Definition And Meaning

What's The Definition Of Dilettante?

[n] an amateur who engages in an activity without serious intentions and who pretends to have knowledge
[adj] showing frivolous or superficial interest; amateurish; "his dilettantish efforts at painting"

Synonyms | Synonyms for Dilettante: dabbler | dilettanteish | dilettantish | sciolist | superficial

Related Terms | Find terms related to Dilettante: abecedarian | admirer | aesthete | aficionado | amateur | arbiter | arbiter elegantiarum | arbiter of taste | authority | bon vivant | booster | buff | cognoscente | collector | connaisseur | connoisseur | coquet | critic | criticaster | dabbler | dabbling | dabster | dallier | devotee | dilettantish | dunce | epicure | epicurean | expert | fan | fancier | flirt | follower | fool | freak | fribble | good judge | gourmand | gourmet | grammaticaster | greenhorn | greeny | groupie | half scholar | idolater | idolizer | ignoramus | illiterate | illiterati | jackleg | judge | know-nothing | lowbrow | maven | middlebrow | no scholar | nonprofessional | nut | philologaster | philosophaster | piddler | potterer | puddinghead | pundit | putterer | refined palate | rooter | savant | scholar | sciolist | smatterer | specialist | Sunday painter | technical expert | technician | tenderfoot | trifler | tyro | unaccomplished | unfinished | ungifted | unintelligentsia | unskilled | virtuoso | votary | worshiper

See Also | amateur

Dilettante In Webster's Dictionary

\Dil`et*tan"te\, n.; pl. {Dilettanti}. [It., prop. p. pr. of dillettare to take delight in, fr. L. delectare to delight. See {Delight}, v. t.] An admirer or lover of the fine arts; popularly, an amateur; especially, one who follows an art or a branch of knowledge, desultorily, or for amusement only. The true poet is not an eccentric creature, not a mere artist living only for art, not a dreamer or a dilettante, sipping the nectar of existence, while he keeps aloof from its deeper interests. --J. C. Shairp.

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