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Feb 8, 2012
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Words to describe people

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wastrel
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dilettante
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dilettante

PRONUNCIATION:
(DIL-i-tahnt, dil-i-TAHNT, -tay, -tee)

MEANING:
noun: One who takes up an activity or interest in a superficial or casual way.
adjective: Superficial; amateurish.

ETYMOLOGY:
From Italian dilettante (amateur), from Latin delectare (to delight). Earliest documented use: 1733.

USAGE:
"I long ago came to realize that I am a putterer, a grazer, a dilettante. I create the impression of getting a lot done by dabbling through my days: I read two pages of a book, write half a letter, paint a portion of the front porch, bake half a tin of muffins, teach a class, wash a window."
Robert Klose; Confessions of a Dedicated Dilettante; The Christian Science Monitor (Boston, Massachusetts); May 10, 2004.

See more usage examples of dilettante in Vocabulary.com's dictionary.

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