sportsmanship
noun Date: 1745 conduct (as fairness, respect for one's opponent, and graciousness in winning or losing) becoming to one participating in a sport

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • Sportsmanship — is conformance to the rules, spirit, and etiquette of sport. More grandly, it may be considered the ethos of sport. It is interesting that the motivation for sport is often an elusive element. Sportsmanship expresses an aspiration or ethos that… …   Wikipedia

  • Sportsmanship — Sports man*ship, n. The practice of sportsmen; skill in field sports. [1913 Webster] [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • sportsmanship — “conduct worthy of a sportsman,” 1745, from sportsman (see SPORT (Cf. sport) (n.)) + SHIP (Cf. ship) …   Etymology dictionary

  • sportsmanship — [n] integrity fairness, forthrightness, gamesmanship, goodness, honesty, honor, honorableness, principle, righteousness, sincerity, virtue; concept 411 …   New thesaurus

  • sportsmanship — [spôrts′mən ship΄] n. 1. skill in or fondness for sports 2. qualities and behavior befitting a sportsman …   English World dictionary

  • sportsmanship — sports|man|ship [ˈspo:tsmənʃıp US ˈspo:rts ] n [U] behaviour that is fair, honest, and polite in a game or sports competition ▪ His sportsmanship and style of play is refreshing. good/bad/poor sportsmanship (=good or bad behaviour in a sport) ▪… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • sportsmanship — n. to display, show sportsmanship * * * [ spɔːtsmənʃɪp] show sportsmanship to display …   Combinatory dictionary

  • sportsmanship — [[t]spɔ͟ː(r)tsmənʃɪp[/t]] N UNCOUNT Sportsmanship is behaviour and attitudes that show respect for the rules of a game and for the other players. The team also won praise for sportsmanship and fair play …   English dictionary

  • sportsmanship — noun (U) behaviour that is fair, honest and polite in a game or sports competition: good/bad sportsmanship: We try to teach the kids good sportsmanship …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • sportsmanship — Synonyms and related words: candor, cricket, fair play, fair shake, fair mindedness, fairness, good sportsmanship, honesty, honor, honorableness, integrity, justice, justness, probity, scrupulousness, sportsmanlikeness, sportsmanliness, square… …   Moby Thesaurus

  • sportsmanship — sports|man|ship [ spɔrtsmənʃıp ] noun uncount fair and honest behavior in sports: good/bad sportsmanship a. fair behavior in other activities, for example politics …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

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