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 (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.
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.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.dilettantish - 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"


Lacking the required professional skill:
References in classic literature ?
that is because you are dilettantish and amateurish.
The public had undoubtedly ordained Davy a genius, yet his sometimes dilettantish practice seemed to work against the very disciplinary justifications that followed from his discoveries.
There are, however, a discerning few whose admirable American sensibilities caused them to rejoice about Grantham's loss: ''Now perhaps this amiable but dilettantish toff will get off his duff and get a job.
Splatters, dabs, and painterly touches appear casually brushed on, and this sense of ease fosters an impression of dilettantish experiment.
Bliss was it in that dawn to be alive, but to be young and dilettantish fornicators living off the Israeli taxpayer's teat was very heaven.
For recent pointed criticism of the artistic alliance between Taymor and twenty-first century Disney, see Fedderson and Richardson, who claim that "Taymor's ability to negotiate the worlds of art, commerce, and war bespeaks a disturbing and dilettantish eclecticism" (2009, 86).
ministrations of some dilettantish interior decorator--whereas, in fact,
Yet Brooks's assumption "that Faulkner was quite aware that he had set Gavin on a sort of dilettantish exercise and that he meant for his reader to recognize as much" (94) is a peculiar opinion given the unambiguous deference that everyone in "Knight's Gambit" must pay to Stevens's T:
Lurie's assessment of Faulkner's bipartite practice may be extended to the larger aesthetic tension of this decade, as by the 1930s, artists were increasingly having to consider that to ignore the material or forms of mass culture or to simply make an occasional, dilettantish nod toward them were no longer sufficient strategies with which to confront this "monster"; instead, there was now evolving an accelerated and never-ending loop between high and low with which the writer, like the visual artist, must by nature, albeit often perilously, engage.
And yet the rabbinic students and their congregations know there is more to creative liturgy than simply the happenstance, "kindergarten" dilettantish sincerity that Madsen describes.
Heidegger in America is a sprawling book, but it is not shallow or dilettantish.
He was hardly a yeshiva bocher himself, but his thought was that we could do a little bonding through study and arrive at a dilettantish understanding of the Talmudic style.