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Word of the Day - for Toastmasters everywhere
Saturday 16th December 2017
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dilettante (plural: dilettanti) (noun and adjective)) dil-i-TANT-i or DIL-i-tont

A dabbler in fine art or knowledge; having a superficial interest in, superficial.

What is disappointing is that every speech by Opposition Front-Bench Members has been lightweight, frivolous and dilettante.

Stephen Dorrell, Commons Hansard, 6 December 1993. Commons Hansard

It was neither an academic subject nor a dilettante amusement but "our endeavour to realise the essential nature of our experience and to present that realisation to ourselves and others."

Alison Oldham, The Guardian, 21 November 2007, Guardian quoting Derek Savage.

He treats Wilson as a serious thinker, rigidly focused on his goals, but portrays Roosevelt as a classic dilettante, shallow and detached.

David Oshinsky, The New York Times, 30 December 2007, New York Times
reviewing Jonah Goldberg's Liberal Fascism: The Secret History of the American Left From Mussolini to the Politics of Meaning. Amazon

In Paris in the early nineteen-eighties, two young couples cross paths: a poetic dilettante and his pedantic girlfriend and a singer in a Baroque ensemble and her computer-programmer boyfriend.

Richard Brody, The New Yorker, 17 December 2007. The New Yorker

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