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amateurism

[am-uh-choo-riz-uh m, -tyoo-, -chuh-, -tuh-, am-uh-tur-iz-uh m] /ˈæm ə tʃʊˌrɪz əm, -tyʊ-, -tʃə-, -tə-, ˌæm əˈtɜr ɪz əm/
noun
1.
the practice, quality, or character of an amateur or amateurish performance.
Origin of amateurism
1865-1870
First recorded in 1865-70; amateur + -ism
Related forms
pseudoamateurism, noun
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  • But in every branch of politics and some departments of science it was an age of amateurism.

    England and Germany Emile Joseph Dillon
  • Exclamation points must be used sparingly: a row of three or four of them at the end of a sentence is a sign of amateurism.

    Short Story Writing Charles Raymond Barrett

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