This post is in response to Heena Rathore P.’s Word of the Week (WOW). This weekly meme is a great way of improving your vocabulary. If you wish to participate, simply create a post with your word and leave a link in a comment on Heena’s WOW post.
Here’s my WOW for this week:
dilettantes or dilettanti
Part of Speech
both noun and adjective
noun – someone who dabbles in an art or field of knowledge
adjective – amateurish, superficial
noun – amateur, aesthete, dabbler, nonprofessional, sciolist, smatterer, trifler, uninitiate
adjective – amateurish, dilettanteish, dilettantish, nonprofessional, sciolist, unprofessional, unskilled, unskillfull
noun – expert, master, pro, professional, specialist
adjective – able, capable, competent, good, skillful
C18th Italian lover of the arts, from present participle of dilettare, to delight, from Latin dēlectāre
Use in a sentence
noun – Whilst he professed to be a master of the subject, in truth he was a dilettante, merely skimming the surface in order to spout superficial inanities.
adjective – It was a dilettante effort, completely unprofessional in brushstroke and content, and would never be accepted at the academy.
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