Definition of dilettante in English:

dilettante

Line breaks: dil¦et|tante
Pronunciation: /ˌdɪlɪˈtanteɪ
 
, -ti/

noun (plural dilettanti /-ti/ or dilettantes)

1A person who cultivates an area of interest, such as the arts, without real commitment or knowledge.
More example sentences
  • The question that we should all be asking ourselves is: who are the real dilettantes?
  • Far from playing the dilettante, the author shares his in-depth knowledge of the area's religion, history and politics with the reader.
  • The sleuth bridges a number of formats and styles while always emphasising ingenuity, deduction and a dilettante's approach to crime-solving.
Synonyms
1.1 archaic A person with an amateur interest in the arts.
More example sentences
  • He wanted approval for his work, for the work's sake; he wasn't an amateur or a dilettante.
  • The opening brings out the full array of Calgary's artists, art-watchers, debutantes, dilettantes, party kids and general public, and generates a portion of the revenue that keeps this non-profit festival operating.

Origin

mid 18th century: from Italian, 'person loving the arts', from dilettare 'to delight', from Latin delectare.

Derivatives

dilettantish

adjective
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  • The stigma attached to student films is that they are amateurish, dilettantish and excusable on the grounds that they're made by non-professionals.
  • He won't be quite as dilettantish about it and will be focused on that.
  • Her activism was derided as ideologically dilettantish from an actress encased within the Hollywood system and vainly seeking authenticity through scattergun sloganeering.

dilettantism

noun
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  • Pop-star activism is commonly derided as egotism and/or dilettantism.
  • The two share a certain dilettantism; a belief that the job is somehow their birthright and that they don't really have to fight for it.
  • The logic employed in the piece is precisely the sort of weekend-warrior dilettantism you'd expect.

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