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Pronunciation:  `dili'tantee

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

DILETTANTE is a 10 letter word that starts with D.


 Synonyms: dabbler, dilettanteish, dilettantish, sciolist, superficial
 See Also: amateur



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\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.

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