Dilettantism

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Dilettantism Same as Dilettanteism.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n dilettantism The quality characteristic of a dilettante; specifically, in a disparaging sense, desultory or affected pursit of art, science, or literature.
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Quotations

  • George V. Higgins
    George V. Higgins
    “Data is what distinguishes the dilettante from the artist.”

Usage

In literature:

Such considerations must appear to these pedants to be characterized by a ridiculous vulgarity and a dilettante superficiality.
"Tragic Sense Of Life" by Miguel de Unamuno
I can only speak according to the impression produced by their entrance on an idle, dilettante mind.
"Jaffery" by William J. Locke
All which was left to dilettantic caprice has been transformed into more or less definite standard forms.
"Psychology and Industrial Efficiency" by Hugo M√ľnsterberg
Lord Haldane is no political dilettante.
"The Mirrors of Downing Street" by Harold Begbie
Dilettante Society, the, iv, 302.
"Little Journeys to the Homes of the Great - Volume 14" by Elbert Hubbard
He was no dilettante professor of 'perfections,' 'immaculate conducts.
"Sartor Resartus, and On Heroes, Hero-Worship, and the Heroic in History" by Thomas Carlyle
In Mr. Gladstone it was something very different from casual dilettantism or the accident of a scholar's taste.
"The Life of William Ewart Gladstone, Vol. 1 (of 3)" by John Morley
Goldsmiths offered marvellous wares for the purchase of the affluent dilettante.
"Heroes of Modern Europe" by Alice Birkhead
The foundation of the Dilettante Club in 1734 marks the change.
"English Literature and Society in the Eighteenth Century" by Leslie Stephen
Bit of a student he thinks himself in his dilettante, Parisian way.
"Trapped by Malays" by George Manville Fenn
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In news:

They're still fun for dilettantes and music nerds alike.
Just your average everyday "New York Public Library girl materials dilettante ".
When I follow up by asking which he has more passion for, he discreetly nods toward Dilettante 's pristine mountain of liquor bottles.
Though he's been at Dilettante only about six months, Rob says he's worked at Broadway watering holes, which he wishes to keep anonymous, for years.
Grove Opera Dictionary Can Make Experts Of Dilettante and Pro.
Dilettante Duelists Swing Sabers During Lunch Hour.
At home in stately Wayne Manor he's a rich playboy and a dilettante, his mind occupied with nothing weightier than this week's blonde.
Professional drinkers eschew glasses altogether, but clean-freak dilettantes will love Quirky's Tether .
2010 Catherine et Pierre Breton 'La Dilettante' Chenin Sec Vouvray .
2010 Catherine et Pierre Breton "La Dilettante" Chenin Sec Vouvray ($23.25).
Republicans see him as a self-absorbed dilettante who tricked citizens into "wasting" their vote, scuttling the chances of their best candidate in years, former state Sen Richard Tisei.
But that doesn't mean he performs or acts like a dilettante.
Some two dozen never-before-exhibited photographs of the Rolling Stones are on display at Dilettante gallery in downtown Los Angeles.
We always knew Starbucks was a hangout for writers and dilettantes.
I could tell right away my companions had me pegged as a dilettante the other day when I tried putting on my wetsuit while we prepared for a morning swim off Noank.
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In science:

From my dilettante point of view, at least two of them should be used for mutual control.
Highlight of Dubna-SPIN97 Workshop
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