[ UK /da‍ɪltˈɑːnte‍ɪ/ ]
  1. showing frivolous or superficial interest; amateurish
    his dilettantish efforts at painting
  1. an amateur who engages in an activity without serious intentions and who pretends to have knowledge
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How To Use dilettante In A Sentence

  • I have become "dilettante" literate in the difference, say, between Hayek and Keynes over the last 2 years or so. The Case for Killing Textbook Macro, Arnold Kling | EconLog | Library of Economics and Liberty
  • His family, the Barwoods, had been from the earliest times a race of shrewd and driving New England storekeepers, the very antipodes of sentiment and dilettanteism. Stories by American Authors, Volume 1
  • A gentle aesthete and a shambolic dilettante, he was extraordinarily widely read, but shrewd and critical as well as omnivorous.
  • Idling above the world in a fat leather seat, snacking on a pastry and talking about the mile-high club, I wonder if we are less modern philanthropists, more latter-day dilettantes?
  • Garman for the nonce was the courtier, the artistic idler, the dilettante in the art of luxurious living; and Payne, conscious of his dirt-smudged overalls, envied him the elegance with which he played the rôle. The Plunderer
  • The reality is that many of our youth have gone beyond that grammar school education so suited to the dilettantes of long-time European metropolitan salons.
  • I'm a dilettante, a dabbler, and it was easy for many years to let that keep me on the sidelines.
  • Pankaj is like those dilettantes one reads about in Somerset Maugham, who fear boredom more than old age, death, poverty or mendicancy.
  • Either he will become a dilettante, which is the French way, or he will take to drink and mystical nihilism, a career very popular in The Open Secret of Ireland
  • He became a symbol, I believe, to Al Smith of the shallowness of the American people, a shallowness that had hurt him so badly in '28 and had now elected this fop, which dilettante, which is how he perceived FDR. Empire Statesman: The Rise & Redemption of Al Smith
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