Dilettant

Dil`et*tant"

(?), n. A dilettante.
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Though few art lovers can be connoisseurs, many are dilettants.
Fairholt.
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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.
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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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