Horns of a dilemma, alternatives, each of which is equally difficult of encountering.
(Dil"et*tant`) a. Of or pertaining to dilettanteism; amateur; as, dilettant speculation. Carlyle.
(Dil`et*tant") n. A dilettante.
Though few art lovers can be connoisseurs, many are dilettants.Fairholt.
(||Dil`et*tan"te) n.; pl. Dilettanti [It., prop. p. pr. of dillettare to take delight in, fr. L. delectare
to delight. See Delight, v. t.] An admirer or lover of the fine arts; popularly, an amateur; especially, one
who follows an art or a branch of knowledge, desultorily, or for amusement only.
The true poet is not an eccentric creature, not a mere artist living only for art, not a dreamer or a dilettante,
sipping the nectar of existence, while he keeps aloof from its deeper interests.J. C. Shairp.
(Dil`et*tan"te*ish) a. Somewhat like a dilettante.
(Dil`et*tan"te*ism) n. The state or quality of being a dilettante; the desultory pursuit of art,
science, or literature.
(Dil`et*tant"ish) a. Dilettanteish.
(Dil`et*tant"ism) n. Same as Dilettanteism. F. Harrison.
(Dil"i*gence) n. [F. diligence, L. diligentia.]
1. The quality of being diligent; carefulness; careful attention; the opposite of negligence.
2. Interested and persevering application; devoted and painstaking effort to accomplish what is undertaken; assiduity
That which ordinary men are fit for, I am qualified in; and the best of me is diligence.Shak.
3. (Scots Law) Process by which persons, lands, or effects are seized for debt; process for enforcing
the attendance of witnesses or the production of writings.
To do one's diligence, give diligence, use diligence, to exert one's self; to make interested and
And each of them doth all his diligenceChaucer.
To do unto the festé reverence.
Syn. Attention; industry; assiduity; sedulousness; earnestness; constancy; heed; heedfulness; care; caution.
Diligence, Industry. Industry has the wider sense of the two, implying an habitual devotion to labor
for some valuable end, as knowledge, property, etc. Diligence denotes earnest application to some
specific object or pursuit, which more or less directly has a strong hold on one's interests or feelings. A
man may be diligent for a time, or in seeking some favorite end, without meriting the title of industrious.
Such was the case with Fox, while Burke was eminent not only for diligence, but industry; he was always
at work, and always looking out for some new field of mental effort.
The sweat of industry would dry and die,Shak.
But for the end it works to.
Diligence and accuracy are the only merits which an historical writer ascribe to himself.Gibbon.
(||Di`li*gence") n. [F.] A four-wheeled public stagecoach, used in France.
(Dil"i*gen*cy) n. [L. diligentia.] Diligence; care; persevering endeavor. [Obs.] Milton.
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