Dilettante

Definition of Dilettante

Dil`et`tan´te
n.1.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. Shairp.

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Sunday painter, abecedarian, admirer, aesthete, aficionado, amateur, arbiter, arbiter elegantiarum, arbiter of taste, authority, bon vivant, booster, buff, cognoscente, collector, connaisseur, connoisseur, coquet, critic, criticaster, dabbler, dabbling, dabster, dallier, devotee, dilettantish, dunce, epicure, epicurean, expert, fan, fancier, flirt, follower, fool, freak, fribble, good judge, gourmand, gourmet, grammaticaster, greenhorn, greeny, groupie, half scholar, idolater, idolizer, ignoramus, illiterate, illiterati, jackleg, judge, know-nothing, lowbrow, maven, middlebrow, no scholar, nonprofessional, nut, philologaster, philosophaster, piddler, potterer, puddinghead, pundit, putterer, refined palate, rooter, savant, scholar, sciolist, smatterer, specialist, technical expert, technician, tenderfoot, trifler, tyro, unaccomplished, unfinished, ungifted, unintelligentsia, unskilled, virtuoso, votary, worshiper
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