With the outbreak of the Seven Years' War, Wilhelmina's interests shifted from dilettantism to diplomacy.
The higher results of artistic training, however, are less marked than a widespread dilettantism.
Brazilian literature has been seriously prejudiced by partisan politics and dilettantism.
The love of science and literature, which animated the son of Lorenzo the Magnificent, frequently took the shape of literary dilettantism.
Yet there were elements of weakness in his character which his short life only half revealed: an impetuosity which made him twice threaten to take his own life; a superstitious vein which impelled him to consult oracles and shrink from bad omens; an amiable dilettantism which led him to travel in Egypt while his enemy was plotting his ruin; a want of nerve and resolution which prevented him from coming to an open rupture with Piso till it was too late.