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Synonyms for dilettante
ˈdɪl ɪˌtɑnt, ˌdɪl ɪˈtɑnt, -ˈtɑn teɪ, -ˈtæn ti; -ˈtɑn tidilet·tante

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English Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. dilettante

    Etymologically, the amateur is one who loves, the connoisseur one who knows. In usage, the term amateur is applied to one who pursues any study or art simply from the love of it; the word carries a natural implication of superficialness, tho marked excellence is at times attained by amateurs. A connoisseur is supposed to be so thoroughly informed regarding any art or work as to be able to criticize or select intelligently and authoritatively; there are many incompetent critics, but there can not, in the true sense, be an incompetent connoisseur. The amateur practises to some extent that in regard to which he may not be well informed; the connoisseur is well informed in regard to that which he may not practise at all. A novice or tyro may be a professional; an amateur never is; the amateur may be skilled and experienced as the novice or tyro never is. Dilettante, which had originally the sense of amateur, has to some extent come to denote one who is superficial, pretentious, and affected, whether in theory or practise.

    amateur, connoisseur, critic, novice, tyro

    An amateur in art.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. dabbler, dilettante, sciolistadjective

    an amateur who engages in an activity without serious intentions and who pretends to have knowledge

    sciolist, dabbler, dabbling duck


  2. dilettante, dilettantish, dilettanteish, sciolisticadjective

    showing frivolous or superficial interest; amateurish

    "his dilettantish efforts at painting"

    dilettantish, sciolistic, dilettanteish


Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. dilettantenoun

    [It.] amateur, connoisseur, virtuoso, critic, man of taste

  2. dilettantenoun

    pretender to taste (in the fine arts)

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  1. European Economics Commissioner Pierre Moscovici:

    This is perhaps something for domestic politics. It's a career plan, a Plan C for Mr Varoufakis, everything done in a dilettante way is an absurdity.

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Translations for dilettante

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  • Nichtfachmann, Kunstliebhaber, Stümper, Dilettant, Laie, Amateur, dilettantischGerman
  • diletanteSpanish
  • dilettanteFrench
  • अनुरागीHindi
  • dilettáns, műkedvelőHungarian
  • dilettant, amateur, liefhebber, kunstliefhebber, dilettantischDutch
  • dilettantNorwegian
  • diletantePortuguese
  • amator, diletantRomanian
  • лох, чайник, непрофессионал, дилетант, лапоть, профан, любительский, непрофессиональный, дилетантский, любительRussian
  • dilettant, amatör, amatörmässig, amatörmålare, klåpareSwedish
  • DilettanteChinese

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