dilettantish

dilettante

[dil-i-tahnt, dil-i-tahnt, -tahn-tey, -tan-tee]
noun, plural dilettantes, dilettanti [dil-i-tahn-tee] .
1.
a person who takes up an art, activity, or subject merely for amusement, especially in a desultory or superficial way; dabbler.
2.
a lover of an art or science, especially of a fine art.
adjective
3.
of or pertaining to dilettantes.

Origin:
1725–35; < Italian, noun use of present participle of dilettare < Latin dēlectāre to delight

dilettantish, dilettanteish, adjective


1. amateur.
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dilettante (ˌdɪlɪˈtɑːntɪ)
 
n , pl -tantes, -tanti
1.  a person whose interest in a subject is superficial rather than professional
2.  a person who loves the arts
 
adj
3.  of or characteristic of a dilettante
 
[C18: from Italian, from dilettare to delight, from Latin dēlectāre]
 
dilet'tantish
 
adj
 
dilet'tanteish
 
adj
 
dilet'tantism
 
n
 
dilet'tanteism
 
n

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dilettante
1733, borrowing of It. dilettante "lover of music or painting," from dilettare "to delight," from L. delectare (see delight). Originally without negative connotation, "devoted amateur," the pejorative sense emerged late 18c. by contrast with professional.
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dilettante [(dil-uh-tahnt, dil-uh-tahnt)]

Someone who is interested in the fine arts as a spectator, not as a serious practitioner. Dilettante is most often used to mean a dabbler, someone with a broad but shallow attachment to any field.

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