Amateur vs Philosophical - What's the difference?

amateur | philosophical |

As a noun amateur

is .

As an adjective philosophical is

of, or pertaining to, philosophy.



(en noun)
  • A lover (of) something.
  • * 2006 , John Hailman, Thomas Jefferson on Wine , University of Mississippi 2006, p. x:
  • he conducted extensive correspondence on wines with European suppliers, employing a wine vocabulary familiar to any modern amateur of wines.
  • A person attached to a particular pursuit, study, or science as to music or painting; especially one who cultivates any study or art, from taste or attachment, without pursuing it professionally.
  • She is an accomplished amateur woodworker.
  • Someone who is unqualified or insufficiently skillful.
  • The entire thing was built by some amateurs with screwdrivers and plywood.

    Derived terms

    * radio amateur


    * dilettante * bungler


    (en adjective)
  • Non-professional.
  • Created, done, or populated by amateurs or non-professionals.
  • amateur sports
  • Showing a lack of professionalism, experience or talent.
  • Duct tape is a sure sign of amateur workmanship.

    Derived terms

    * amateur hour * amateur night



    Alternative forms

    * philosophicall (obsolete) * phylosophical (nonstandard) * phylosophicall (obsolete)


    (en adjective)
  • Of, or pertaining to, philosophy.
  • Rational; analytic or critically-minded; thoughtful.
  • * 1846 , , "The Sphinx" in Arthur's Ladies Magazine ,
  • His richly philosophical intellect was not at any time affected by unrealities.
  • Detached, calm, stoic.
  • * 1911 , , "The Schartz-Metterklume Method,"
  • She bore the desertion with philosophical indifference.


    * nonphilosophical


    * philosophic

    Derived terms

    * philosophically