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dilettante

adjective

dilettante

noun

Synonyms and Antonyms of dilettante

  1. 1 a person having a knowledgeable and fine appreciation of the arts she writes about art not from the point of view of an artist but from that of a committed dilettante Synonyms of dilettante cognoscente, connoisseurWords Related to dilettante adept, authority, expert, maestro, master, past master, scholar, virtuoso; critic, reviewer; amateur, dabbler; collector; specialist; aficionado (also afficionado), buff, devotee, enthusiast, fanNear Antonyms of dilettante groundling, lowbrow, materialist, philistine

  2. 2 a person who regularly or occasionally engages in an activity as a pastime rather than as a profession a dilettante at heart, she was never willing to commit the time and effort that ballet demands Synonyms of dilettante dabbler, amateur, hobbyist, layman, nonexpert, nonprofessional, potterer, putterer, tinkererWords Related to dilettante all-rounder [British], generalist, general practitioner, jack-of-all-trades; aficionado (also afficionado), buff, devotee, enthusiast, fanAntonyms of dilettante authority, expert, pro, professional, specialist

Synonym Discussion of dilettante

amateur, dilettante, dabbler, tyro mean a person who follows a pursuit without attaining proficiency or professional status. amateur often applies to one practicing an art without mastery of its essentials
    • a painting obviously done by an amateur
; in sports it may also suggest not so much lack of skill but avoidance of direct remuneration.
    • remained an amateur despite lucrative offers
dilettante may apply to the lover of an art rather than its skilled practitioner but usually implies elegant trifling in the arts and an absence of serious commitment.
    • had no patience for dilettantes
dabbler suggests desultory habits of work and lack of persistence.
    • a dabbler who started novels but never finished them
tyro implies inexperience often combined with audacity with resulting crudeness or blundering.
    • shows talent but is still a mere tyro


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