dilettante


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dil·et·tante

 (dĭl′ĭ-tänt′, dĭl′ĭ-tänt′, -tănt′)
n. pl. dil·et·tantes also dil·et·tan·ti (-tän′tē)
1. One who dabbles in an art or a field of knowledge.
2. Archaic A lover of the fine arts.
adj.
Superficial; amateurish.

[Italian, lover of the arts, from present participle of dilettare, to delight, from Latin dēlectāre; see delight.]

dil′et·tan′tish adj.
dil′et·tan′tism n.

dilettante

(ˌdɪlɪˈtɑːntɪ)
n, pl -tantes or -tanti (-ˈtɑːntɪ)
1. a person whose interest in a subject is superficial rather than professional
2. (Art Terms) a person who loves the arts
adj
(Art Terms) of or characteristic of a dilettante
[C18: from Italian, from dilettare to delight, from Latin dēlectāre]
ˌdiletˈtantish, ˌdiletˈtanteish adj
ˌdiletˈtantism, ˌdiletˈtanteism n

dil•et•tante

(ˈdɪl ɪˌtɑnt, ˌdɪl ɪˈtɑnt, -ˈtɑn teɪ, -ˈtæn ti)

n., pl. -tantes, -tan•ti (-ˈtɑn ti)

adj. n.
1. a person who takes up an art, activity, or subject merely for amusement, esp. in a desultory or superficial way; dabbler.
2. a lover of an art or science.
adj.
3. of or characteristic of dilettantes.
[1725–35; < Italian]
dil`et•tan′tish, dil`et•tan′te•ish, adj.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.dilettante - an amateur who engages in an activity without serious intentions and who pretends to have knowledge
amateur - someone who pursues a study or sport as a pastime
Adj.1.dilettante - showing frivolous or superficial interest; amateurish; "his dilettantish efforts at painting"
superficial - concerned with or comprehending only what is apparent or obvious; not deep or penetrating emotionally or intellectually; "superficial similarities"; "a superficial mind"; "his thinking was superficial and fuzzy"; "superficial knowledge"; "the superficial report didn't give the true picture"; "only superficial differences"

dilettante

noun amateur, aesthete, dabbler, trifler, nonprofessional The sailing elite considered him a rank amateur, a dilettante.

dilettante

noun
One lacking professional skill and ease in a particular pursuit:
adjective
Lacking the required professional skill:
Translations
dilettánsműkedvelő
dilettant

dilettante

[ˌdɪlɪˈtæntɪ] N (dilettantes or dilettanti (pl)) [ˌdɪlɪˈtæntɪ]diletante mf

dilettante

[ˌdɪləˈtænti] [dilettantes or dilettanti] (pl) ndilettante mf

dilettante

n pl <dilettanti> → Amateur(in) m(f), → Dilettant(in) m(f); (Art) → Kunstliebhaber(in) m(f)

dilettante

[ˌdɪlɪˈtɑːntɪ] ndilettante m/f
References in classic literature ?
The cottage was far from that standard at present, for Lisbeth's rheumatism had forced her to give up her old habits of dilettante scouring and polishing.
All this admitted, Newman enjoyed his journey, when once he had fairly entered the current, as profoundly as the most zealous dilettante.
What is to me a means of livelihood is to him the merest hobby of a dilettante.
He had dawdled over his cigar because he was at heart a dilettante, and thinking over a pleasure to come often gave him a subtler satisfaction than its realisation.
The pensee writer is to the philosopher what the dilettante is to the artist.
When Rabourdin sent for him to come down and receive instructions about some particular piece of work, Phellion gave all his mind to it,--listening to every word the chief said, as a dilettante listens to an air at the Opera.
It was unparalleled, undreamed-of, that I, Humphrey Van Weyden, a scholar and a dilettante, if you please, in things artistic and literary, should be lying here on a Bering Sea seal- hunting schooner.
I really have no mind to turn into a dilettante spiritualist.
TEHRAN (FNA)- Ankara applies double standards to its dealings in the Middle East, where it behaves like a dilettante when pursuing foreign policy, according to Jacques Myard, deputy of France's opposition party, The Republicans.
Metidji, qui vient de laisser une bonne impression au cours de sa sortie du 7 juillet dernier, en terminant deuxieme sur un parcours similaire a celui du jour, ne devrait pas laisser passer une telle opportunite pour se distinguer victorieusement dans cette epreuve car il aura pour lui d'affronter des coursiers a son entiere convenance, mais surtout de partir avec un poids extraordinairement leger, ce qui devrait jouer largement en sa faveur pour qu'il rallie en dilettante le poteau d'arrivee, car je le vois mal avec ses 46 kg, lui qui d'habitude part toujours avec des poids tres eleves, passer a cote d'une victoire certaine sur une distance ou il a enregistre ses meilleurs resultats.
He wrote: "As far as I can recall most senior managers seemed willing to accept the loudly-voiced government opinion that Morgan Kelly was a doomsday dilettante who only wanted attention.
This deplorable communication is dilettante approach to the detriment of the country, concludes Rizaov.