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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.


(ˈdɪl ɪ tɑnˌtɪz əm, -tæn-)

also dil•et•tan•te•ism

(ˌdɪl ɪˈtɑn tiˌɪz əm, -ˈtæn-)

the practices of a dilettante.


an admiration of or interest in the arts, often used pejoratively to designate a shallow, undisciplined, or frivolous attraction. — dilettante, n., adj.dilettantish, adj.
See also: Behavior


[ˌdɪləˈtæntɪzəm] Ndiletantismo m


nDilettantismus m, → Kunstliebhaberei f
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His conversation always made Archer take the measure of his own life, and feel how little it contained; but Winsett's, after all, contained still less, and though their common fund of intellectual interests and curiosities made their talks exhilarating, their exchange of views usually remained within the limits of a pensive dilettantism.
All very well perhaps from his point of view, but only a little better than the common dilettantism.
King (1962:282) suggested that philosophical evaluations can rescue researchers from making routine and precedent from purposeless dilettantism, from totalitarian subservience or from self-contradiction.
One extreme pronouncement on this issue (in reference not to a string quartet but to a Mozart piano quartet) is an anonymous 1788 essay from the Journal des Luxus und der Moden entitled "Concerning the Latest Favourite Music at Grand Concerts, especially in regard to Ladies' Predilections in Pianoforte Dilettantism.
The library of this play, contained in Roebuck Ramsden's study, is filled with books and art that represent, by author or subject, a particular "ambiguity [that] symbolizes the dichotomy in Ramsden" (56), which is the result of his dilettantism or intellectual limitations (not necessarily mutually exclusive where Ramsden is concerned).
The main aim is to demolish the enduring myth of Schiller s philosophical dilettantism and re-evaluate his philosophical stature independently of Kant.
As a result, to adopt the broader view today is to risk accusations of dilettantism.
promotes the exercise of prejudice and dilettantism, and is liable to
The endless changes of theatrical style, which can bespeak dilettantism and incoherence, are pressed into service in the most interesting and original part of McAteer's argument, his central point that they are engaged with and responding to the turbulent political changes that occurred both in Ireland and (especially) globally during the fifty years of Yeats's theatrical involvement: 'the theatrical event was a structure through which Yeats represented the historical forces shaping the age' (p.
Professional historians may laugh at such dilettantism.
This is not an exercise in intellectual dabbling or dilettantism.