dilettante

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj dilettante showing frivolous or superficial interest; amateurish "his dilettantish efforts at painting"
    • n dilettante an amateur who engages in an activity without serious intentions and who pretends to have knowledge
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Dilettante An admirer or lover of the fine arts; popularly, an amateur; especially, one who follows an art or a branch of knowledge, desultorily, or for amusement only. "The true poet is not an eccentric creature, not a mere artist living only for art, not a dreamer or a dilettante , sipping the nectar of existence, while he keeps aloof from its deeper interests."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n dilettante An admirer or lover of the fine arts, science, or letters; an amateur; one who pursues an art or literature desultorily and for amusement: often used in a disparaging sense for a superficial and affected dabbler in literature or art.
    • dilettante Relating to dilettantism; having the characteristics of dilettanti.
    • dilettante To play the dilettante.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Dilettante dil-et-an′te one who loves the fine arts, but in a superficial way and without serious purpose (the amateur usually practises them): a dabbler in art, science, or literature
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Quotations

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

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
It., prop. p. pr. of dillettare, to take delight in, fr. L. delectare, to delight. See Delight (v. t.)
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
It., pr.p. of dilettare, to take delight in—L. delectāre, to delight.

Usage

In literature:

She had deserted a young genius for a fashionable dilettante.
"Melomaniacs" by James Huneker
And it is equally foreign to the lips of the dilettante lover.
"Sex=The Unknown Quantity" by Ali Nomad
There is an air of dilettanteism about the whole production.
"Flowers of Freethought" by George W. Foote
When this is done the Dilettante is complete.
"Punch, or the London Charivari, Volume 98, March 22, 1890" by Various
He led the life of a dilettante, and died unmarried at the age of fifty.
"The Age of Pope" by John Dennis
It is in the slums and suburbs that the city dilettante finds his game.
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition" by Robert Louis Stevenson
A dilettante interest, doubtless!
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson, Volume XV" by Robert Louis Stevenson
He was a workman, not a dilettante of letters.
"Ivory Apes and Peacocks" by James Huneker
Dilettante is now a term of reproach; but there is a certain form of dilettantism to which no one can object.
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition Vol. XXII (of 25)" by Robert Louis Stevenson
Philosophy had degenerated into sophistry, art into dilettanteism, oratory into rhetoric, poetry into verse making.
"Bible Studies in the Life of Paul" by Henry T. Sell
Something of a dilettante in real life, he became in his writing a man with an absorbing mission.
"A History of Witchcraft in England from 1558 to 1718" by Wallace Notestein
But the Colonel was not that sort of adventurous dilettante.
"The Return of the Prodigal" by May Sinclair
In a dilettante sort of way this Board was also a sanitary body.
"The Annals of Willenhall" by Frederick William Hackwood
Only so will it conquer that dilettantism which accompanies the absence of methodical intelligence.
"The Next Step in Religion" by Roy Wood Sellars
It is not my fault that I am obliged to follow Herr Duehring into a realm in which I can at the very most only claim to be a dilettante.
"Landmarks of Scientific Socialism" by Friedrich Engels
The variety of modern education encourages a scattered dilettantism.
"The Intellectual Life" by =Philip Gilbert Hamerton
Dilettantes of crystal flirtations became, like poets, omnipresent and yet rare.
"Historia Amoris: A History of Love, Ancient and Modern" by Edgar Saltus
Filippino Lippi renounced his serious simplicity for pedantic dilettanteism and affected gestures.
"Michelangelo" by Romain Rolland
There is in this theory a ferocious absurdity, a Neronian dilettantism which repels me to the very depths of my being.
"Above the Battle" by Romain Rolland
His pretence to dilettantism was not small.
"Fairfax and His Pride" by Marie Van Vorst
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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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