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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.
Conservative in politics and art, these writers cultivated a stance of idle and privileged dilettantism.
The other explanation Riemer offers for the missed opportunity for English studies to renovate itself yet keep faith with the preservation and transmission of knowledge lies in the intellectual shallowness of the discipline: `the deep-seated dilettantism of the British model of academic literary criticism'.
If the cost of Fowles's vigorous dilettantism is a certain rhetorical excess and lack of analytical rigor, the payoff is ready accessibility and liveliness of expression.
To receive the transmission, Richards has to confront the battle of dilettantism versus mastery.
Dominated by a free-thinking and free-love advocating grandmother whose son's promiscuities and dilettantism produced the troubled, financially stressed, and sexually open menagerie in which Djuna grew up, Djuna's childhood is depicted by Herring as simultaneously destructive and nurtured.
At any rate, to Carlyle Panizzi remained 'Vulture Panizzi,' and, though Italian, was dismissed by Carlyle as 'the true representative of English dilettantism, Pedantry, Babblement, and hollow dining and drinking Nonsense of so-called "Literature" in this epoch.
Still, this seeming dilettantism is always marked by intermittent but intense illuminations: "la mort, comme la poesie, / Est une cible fausse: c'est elle qui vient.
Dilettantism is scorned: "Poetry and common speech keep close company.
The broad approach that links the peacetime orientation of commanders, the need for clarity in the military tasks of education and training, and the political pretensions and military dilettantism of Canadian officers with the wartime scrambles for solutions and scapegoats is a significant contribution to a historical appreciation of the evolution of Canada's army within the quasi-colonial period of military formation.
Tony Harrison's subject is the viewer's voyeuristic complicity with Actaeon in Diana and Actaeon; when he alights on 'connoisseurs', his diction successfully encapsulates broader questions about critical distance and dilettantism.