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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. A sentimental reformer in architecture, he began at the cornice, not at the foundation.
This was not mere political dilettantism. What impressed Winter--a cosmopolitan, left bohemian if there ever was one--was the evidence that Hollywood had "grown conscious of the outside world." Rather than charity, the anti-fascist activity, assistance to political refugees, financial and moral support for migratory workers, and consumer boycott campaigns expressed "an organized movement for social betterment to be attained through political action." She was the first to acknowledge the amusing contradictions between Hollywood frivolity and political engagement.
Given that amateurs such as Mountfort and Wilson 'could elect simply to abandon their scripts' but chose to continue working on them, their persistence suggests a level of artistic commitment beyond the 'self-satisfaction and dilettantism' that professionals such as Richard Brome ascribed to amateur playwrights (76).
(3) As Nadia Nurhussein explains, "The Dilettante" reveals Dunbar's ambivalence regarding dilettantism and its associations with deviant masculinities, with dilettantism "represent[ing] ease and leisure" while simultaneously "mak[ing] the artist capricious, impractical, and effete" (2013, 124).
The authors and editors of Music in the London Theatre from Purcell to Handel are under no obligation to consider the broad social context of the dramatic art works they examine, but in not doing so they risk a charge of dilettantism, an art-for-art's-sake foray into the minutiae of sources, characters, and aesthetic judgments.
He also accused the Alliance for Albanians of political dilettantism.
He acknowledges the unavoidable risk of this cultural-historical approach: "Who would argue that behind this lies the danger of eclecticism and dilettantism?" (25).
The population accuses the Prime Ministerand his team in the current situation, pointing to their dilettantism in politics.
This is a very important question put forward if we take into consideration the fact that the XX century was characterized by awfully active attacks from the side of philosophical dilettantism on really classical philosophy content and their numerous attempts to substitute genuine philosophical knowledge by its arbitrary subjective interpretations (Stroing, 2018).
He was a fascinating and charming mix of upper class dilettantism and a warm, engaging radicalism that embraced class and generation.