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[dil-i-tahn-tiz-uh m, -tan-]
  1. the practices or characteristics of a dilettante.
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Also dil·et·tan·te·ism [dil-i-tahn-tee-iz-uh m, -tan-] /ˌdɪl ɪˈtɑn tiˌɪz əm, -ˈtæn-/.

Origin of dilettantism

First recorded in 1800–10; dilettante + -ism
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Historical Examples of dilettantism

  • Here, sure enough, is an Abbey; beautiful in the eye of Dilettantism.

    Past and Present

    Thomas Carlyle

  • Hence the increase of dilettantism and the neglect of serious study.

  • Yet even his devotion to culture was not free from pedantry and dilettantism.

  • The German does not wish his world to contain waste and laziness and dilettantism.

  • Except for his fatal Memoirs, we should not have realised his dilettantism.