dilettantism

[dil-i-tahn-tiz-uhm, -tan-]
noun
the practices or characteristics of a dilettante.
Also, dilettanteism [dil-i-tahn-tee-iz-uhm, -tan-] .


Origin:
1800–10; dilettante + -ism

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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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Other actors take to singing with a fierce dilettantism, and it shows.
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