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 ?
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.
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.
"The pensee writer is to the philosopher what the dilettante is to the artist."
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. One's theories, after all, matter little; it is one's humor that is the great thing.
What is to me a means of livelihood is to him the merest hobby of a dilettante. He has an extraordinary faculty for figures, and audits the books in some of the government departments.
There was in him none of that antiquarian frivolity that we convey by the word "dilettante".
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.
"I really have no mind to turn into a dilettante spiritualist."
VA, who was once the kept lover of Excitable Dilettante, has gone freelance.
DILETTANTE a) The dilettante is a small beetle which survives on cow manure.
For years, he was dismissed as a political dilettante who could not convert his personal popularity into significant seats in parliament for the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI).