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DILETTANTE

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Originally appearing in Volume V08, Page 271 of the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica.
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DILETTANTE, an Italian word for one who delights in the fine arts, especially in music and painting, so a lover of the fine arts in general. The Ital. dilettare is from Lat. detect are, to delight. Properly the word refers to an " amateur " as opposed to a " professional " cultivation of the arts, but like " amateur " it is often used in a depreciatory sense for one who is only a dabbler, or who only has a superficial knowledge or interest in art. The Dilettanti Society founded in 1733-1734 still exists in England. A history of the society, by Lionel Cust, was published in 1898.
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