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dilettante


  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Dilettante  \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. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  dilettante 
  adj  :  showing  frivolous  or  superficial  interest;  amateurish;  "his 
  dilettantish  efforts  at  painting"  [syn:  {dilettantish}, 
  {dilettanteish}] 
  n  :  an  amateur  who  engages  in  an  activity  without  serious 
  intentions  [syn:  {dabbler}] 




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