[ dil-i-tahn-tiz-uhm, -tan- ]

  1. the practices or characteristics of a dilettante.

Origin of dilettantism

First recorded in 1800–10; dilettante + -ism
  • Also dil·et·tan·te·ism [dil-i-tahn-tee-iz-uhm, -tan-]. /ˌdɪl ɪˈtɑn tiˌɪz əm, -ˈtæn-/.

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How to use dilettantism in a sentence

  • On the contrary it is a token of our virile independence, our scorn for the delicatessen of education, mere dilettanteism.

    By Advice of Counsel | Arthur Train
  • Dilettanteism might possibly do much harm here, might mislead and waste and bring to nought a genuine talent.

    Celtic Literature | Matthew Arnold
  • Filippino Lippi renounced his serious simplicity for pedantic dilettanteism and affected gestures.

    Michelangelo | Romain Rolland
  • The play seems on its surface to be a powerful preachment against dilettanteism.

    Iconoclasts | James Huneker
  • There is an air of dilettanteism about the whole production.

    Flowers of Freethought | George W. Foote