dilettantism

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From dilettante +‎ -ism.

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dilettantism (countable and uncountable, plural dilettantisms)

  1. The act of behaving like a dilettante, of being an amateur or "dabbler", sometimes in the arts. Also the act of enjoying the arts, being a connoisseur.
    • 2011, Thomas Penn, Winter King, Penguin 2012, p. 237:
      As Erasmus would find, the king and his advisers had a hard-edged attitude to scholarship that was worlds away from the enquiring dilettantism of Eltham.

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