Definitions for: Dilettante

[n] an amateur who engages in an activity without serious intentions and who pretends to have knowledge
[adj] showing frivolous or superficial interest; amateurish; "his dilettantish efforts at painting"

Webster (1913) Definition: Dil`et*tan"te, n.; pl. Dilettanti. [It., prop. p.
pr. of dillettare to take delight in, fr. L. delectare to
delight. See Delight, v. t.]
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. --J. C.

Synonyms: dabbler, dilettanteish, dilettantish, sciolist, superficial

See Also: amateur

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