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adjective as in amateurish

noun as in amateur

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Long before that, Scaife had lived the life of a dilettante.

One minute they are a king, the next a murderer, a jaded dilettante, a passionate and forsaken lover.

The standard critique is that guiding companies are hauling rich, inexperienced dilettantes up the mountain who create traffic jams and make bad decisions, putting everyone at greater risk.

Delivering water helps “dispel the nagging guilt of a slumming dilettante, but only a little” Hardin writes, while wondering whether it’s possible to make a difference in a place “where the devastation extends back decades.”

Suggestions ranged from the dilettante purse designer played by Jennifer Coolidge in the original series to Leslie Jones, who seemed to have Samantha confused with Sabrina the Teenage Witch.

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The fired host unloads on Current TV, accusing Al Gore of being a dilettante and co-owner Joel Hyatt of blackmail.

But the director publicly clashed with Norton (calling him a “narcissistic dilettante”).

He fully admits his chronicle of Galliano's shows from 2004 to 2010 was “the work of a dilettante.”

I finally feel like I can call myself a writer now, rather than writing being just something I do on the side, as a dilettante.

This deficiency in technique must even debar him from claiming any higher signification than that of a clever dilettante.

He had dropped in in a dilettante spirit to hear the spirited debate, and the judges were greatly honored.

With increase of reading we have fallen into a fireside, dilettante culture of ideas as an intellectual pleasure.

Do not suspect that I impose on you the task of writing letters to answer my dilettante questions.

I believe this to be the test to distinguish the mere dilettante from the artist of real genius.


On this page you'll find 45 synonyms, antonyms, and words related to dilettante, such as: green, rookie, tenderfoot, artsy fartsy, dabbling, and half-baked.

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