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connoisseur


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  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Connoisseur  \Con`nois*seur"\  (?;  277),  n.  [F.  connaisseur, 
  formerly  connoisseur,  fr  conna[^i]tre  to  know  fr  L. 
  cognoscere  to  become  acquainted  with  co-  +  noscere 
  gnoscere  to  learn  to  know  See  {Know},  {amd  cf}. 
  {Cognizor}.] 
  One  well  versed  in  any  subject;  a  skillful  or  knowing  person; 
  a  critical  judge  of  any  art,  particulary  of  one  of  the  fine 
  arts. 
 
  The  connoisseur  is  ``one  who  knows,''  as  opposed  to  the 
  dilettant,  who  only  ``thinks  he  knows.''  --Fairholt. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  connoisseur 
  n  :  an  expert  able  to  appreciate  a  field;  especially  in  the  fine 
  arts  [syn:  {cognoscenti}] 
 
  From  THE  DEVIL'S  DICTIONARY  ((C)1911  Released  April  15  1993)  [devils]: 
 
  CONNOISSEUR,  n.  A  specialist  who  knows  everything  about  something  and 
  nothing  about  anything  else. 
  An  old  wine-bibber  having  been  smashed  in  a  railway  collision, 
  some  wine  was  pouted  on  his  lips  to  revive  him  "Pauillac,  1873,"  he 
  murmured  and  died. 
 
 




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