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  • adj. amateurish

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Dilettanteish.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Inclined to or characterized by dilettantism.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. showing frivolous or superficial interest; amateurish


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  • After the Stuttgart match, Veh termed his team's defensive performance "dilettantish," adding to reporters that "the number of goals we let in is deadly for a coach."

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  • This trend is common among today's dilettantish new generation of "urban exploration photographers," who display photographs of buildings - or even sets of photos from various buildings - under false names, with either absent or misleading contextual information.

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  • And in itself it's part of the American heritage, something that echoes with Jefferson's always ambivalent and frequently dilettantish attitude toward political violence.

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  • As good as those might seem in theory at least to some people, coming from Mr. Thaksin the ideas are gimmicky, dilettantish and often cynical.

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  • But for him, music is more than a dilettantish diversion.

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  • This job has been characterized by some as a dilettantish distraction, but those close to the fighter describe him as genuinely torn between the ring and politics.

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  • India cheered, genuinely pleased that her dilettantish friend was putting her intelligence to use.

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  • In the second half, beginning in 1997, I was grieving the bounty -- so skewed, so dilettantish -- that I prayed for the lean years to return.

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  • While zipping up, he reassured himself that the mediocre painting in the bathroom had been the product of one of her dilettantish explorations.

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  • She made writing seem so airy and dilettantish that her subsequent novels, though many of them successes in Europe, never earned her the literary respect they deserved.

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