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dilettante

a person who loves the arts
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Although general systems theory cannot be neatly summarized, here is my rather dilettantish attempt to define some key concepts: In a system, the relationship of the parts is non-random, as measured by the degree of entropy (i.
5) A "virtuoso" was one with a special interest in natural history--the word carries a negative connotation of pursuing such an interest in a trifling or dilettantish manner.
Taylor's dilettantish jeers at Defence Secretary James Forrestal, about Philby biographer Anthony Cave Brown ("[his] penchant for explaining one mystery by introducing another"), and about the "wildly inaccurate" memoirs of K.
this is what the reader is to think about the kind of review whose main characteristic is that it "does justice" to an author) he has written a dilettantish, superficial "panegyric" (287).
For White, a scion of landed gentry,it was a homecoming after an English education at Cheltenham and Cambridge,and a dilettantish life in pre-war London.
Hecht's dilettantish militancy later convinced CBS's Mike Wallace and others that "the act of battle was more important to Ben than the depth of his conviction.
10) No doubt, a dilettantish performance can drag even the most sublime poetry through the gutter, but it is no accident that Othello and Romeo and Juliet are mentioned by critics who discuss the dangers inherent in violations of dramatic decorum.
Southam says he was attracted to the dilettantish figure of Michael Skid, as he is "a dreamer, not unlike Fred Broennle, who was the subject of Drowning in Dreams.
It is the horror of destruction, in which everything is coarse and loud, and where the retina's delicacy is offended by the hard contrasting tones of the new limestone and the blackened stone, and where, moreover, one senses the desolation too acutely not to feel an indeterminate remorse and shame in the face of dilettantish enjoyment [une jouissance de dilettante], which would be nothing other than impiety [.
As for the charge that weblogging is dilettantish, Welch observes: "The word dilettante to me has always been more or less equivalent to journalist -- we learn how to specialize in 100 different disciplines, and write passably on topics of which we know nothing.
And this is especially painful for law-and-Humanities scholars because it nastily and insinuatingly reminds them that they have sacrificed real knowledge for the cheap rewards of dilettantish, posturing skepticism.
The one that takes over the book's narrative tide for rather too long is an affair with a dilettantish writer-painter-musician-composer called Eli.