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Synonyms for dilettantish

lacking the required professional skill

Synonyms for dilettantish

showing frivolous or superficial interest

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This consumerist, touristic, and dilettantish dipping into the works of the past is presented as yet another horrific spectacle in a novel rife with them; despite Faulkner's avowal that Jerusalem is a story of "one of two types of love," this is most often a novel of seething hatred and scattershot unleashing of loathing as to the effects of the mass culture machine on literature.
Where I see Marvelous Monsters, the Real Contemporary Art Critic would probably see Baconian imitation, the umpteenth Baconian imitation, work that has the quality of being somewhat pretentious, dilettantish, extemporaneous, amateurish.
In chapter 1, "Facts and Favole," Magnanini reminds us that scholars were interdisciplinary in ways that would not be considered dilettantish during their day as they dabbled in the arts and sciences, explaining the mutual influence of literary and scientific disciplines upon each other.
Buckovski assessed that the encyclopedia was prepared in a dilettantish manner, as reports from the Macedonian dailies were used as a source for the paragraph that states, "There were American and British special-forces members and sponsors in the camps of the National Liberation Army".
Dilettantish hordes were preparing to descend upon the burek sandwich shops and leave Slovenia in ashes before decamping to the next hot destination, the place, say, where Brangelina holed up in the south of France while awaiting the twins.
Well, today's government-funded scientists, backed by biased media and dilettantish politicians, have surpassed the alchemists: these modern sorcerers would have us believe that an odorless, colorless gas that makes plants grow, which has been exhaled by human beings in the respiration process since time immemorial, is literally killing Mother Earth and that getting rid of the gas will ensure wealth.
And, faced with the harsh realities that global heating will bring, is archaeology anything more than a dilettantish luxury?
Rejecting the dilettantish training methods that had hitherto characterized British athletics, Strode Jackson recommended that the BOC pursue a policy of athletic specialization.
There is nothing dilettantish or doctrinaire about Bal's engagement with the concepts that she encounters in different fields; each one represents a challenge and an opportunity to see and read differently.
But Sontag, a "destructive character" if there ever was one, did indeed "cut deep," the dilettantish moralizing she thought to be the prevalent critical modality was simply the most surface of targets.
Cosmopolitans routinely get mocked for their dilettantish appreciation of the exotic, for their embrace of an ideal of the flaneur in the global village.
And in The Sea, yet another dilettantish student of painting (who focuses on his own domestic story in the way of his subject, Bonnard) recounts a female death and, more specifically, his state of mourning.
As a young man in Paris, he plays the part of the dandy and adopts a dilettantish, false worldliness.