dilettante

[ dil-i-tahnt, dil-i-tahnt, -tahn-tey, -tan-tee ]SEE DEFINITION OF dilettante

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I would rather have you find fault with me like a friend than approve me like a dilettante.

It never failed; the dilettante in fun was not to be deceived.

I really have no mind to turn into a dilettante spiritualist.

And it is equally foreign to the lips of the dilettante lover.

Should he happen to be an artist, he must appear to be only a dilettante.

And the Amateur was unknown—and the Dilettante undreamed of!

Bit of a student he thinks himself in his dilettante, Parisian way.

The foundation of the Dilettante Club in 1734 marks the change.

It is only the dilettante who have visited Paris who profess to hold it in contempt.

I'm a trifler, a dilettante, and an amateur of the right and the good as I used to be when I was young.

WORD ORIGIN

1733, borrowing of Italian dilettante "lover of music or painting," from dilettare "to delight," from Latin delectare (see delight (n.)). Originally without negative connotation, "devoted amateur," the pejorative sense emerged late 18c. by contrast with professional.

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aesthete

nounperson having great sensitivity to beauty
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