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dilettante

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Definition someone with an interest in an area, but without the knowledge or experience of a professional

In the past, dilettante was also used to reference a person interested in the arts.
  • As a young woman, she was a dilettante whose aspirations were hampered by her lack of self-discipline.
dilettante = someone with an interest in an area, but without deep understanding
  • I love painting, but I fear my efforts are dilettantish.
  • dilettantish = of a person with an interest in an area, but without real expertise
    (Editor's note:  Adding the suffix "-ish" means having the characteristics of. This is the same pattern you see in words like childish and foolish.)
  • She's a self-important dilettante without real understanding of the policies she criticizes.
  • dilettante = someone with an interest in an area, but without deep understanding
  • What is to me a means of livelihood is to him the merest hobby of a dilettante.
    Doyle, Sir Arthur Conan  --  Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes
  • I really have no mind to turn into a dilettante spiritualist.
    Conrad, Joseph  --  Under Western Eyes
  • It's better up here away from the phonies and the dilettantes.
    Daniel Keyes  --  Flowers for Algernon — Novel
  • dilettantes = people with an interest in an area, but without the knowledge or experience of a professional
  • You're sneering at the phonies and dilettantes, aren't you?
    Daniel Keyes  --  Flowers for Algernon — Novel
  • dilettantes = people with an interest in an area, but without the knowledge or experience of a professional
  • She might have drifted on, in her world of drifters, but for the interposition of Latham Ireland, the lawyer-dilettante lover.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Arrowsmith
  • To give that number is the custom here: 'twas by a Dilettante written, And Dilettanti in the parts appear.
    Goethe (Johann Wolfgang von Goethe)  --  Faust
  • He must be neither a dilettante nor a virtuoso: but he must be artistic.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • I had no bent, I was a dilettante—and I realized it when I saw that my tutors were bored with me.
    Robert A. Heinlein  --  Glory Road
  • *" Then Leon, playing the dilettante, began to talk music.
    Gustave Flaubert  --  Madame Bovary
  • You were not meant to be measured in that way—you were meant for something better than to keep guard over the sensibilities of a sterile dilettante!
    Henry James  --  The Portrait of a Lady - Volumes 1 & 2
  • A dilettantism[496] in nature is barren and unworthy.
    Ralph Waldo Emerson  --  Selected Essays
  • "I thought I'd be a dilettante mother, but I'm as dismayingly natural as Mrs. Bogart," she boasted.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Main Street
  • The cottage was far from that standard at present, for Lisbeth's rheumatism had forced her to give up her old habits of dilettante scouring and polishing.
    George Eliot  --  Adam Bede
  • Atkinson's a rich dilettante; he does what he's told, but he doesn't know why or by whom.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Ultimatum
  • Nevertheless several accomplished alpinists not on her team regarded Pittman as a grandstanding dilettante.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into Thin Air
  • David was no dilettante; he played the center of the court.
    Stephen King  --  The Gunslinger
  • Behind all its curiousness, so attractive alike to sage and dilettante, lie its dim dangers, throwing across us shadows at once grotesque and awful.
    W. E. B. Du Bois  --  The Souls of Black Folk

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