[spawrts-muh n-ship, spohrts-]
- the character, practice, or skill of a sportsman.
- sportsmanlike conduct, as fairness, courtesy, being a cheerful loser, etc.
Origin of sportsmanship
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Examples from the Web for sportsmanship
Kessenich, to be fair, has also lavished the Iroquois with praise for their skills and sportsmanship in subsequent games.A Millennium After Inventing the Game, the Iroquois Are Lacrosse’s New Superpower
July 21, 2014
But JFK backed down when Cronkite called it “the lousiest bit of sportsmanship I ever saw in my life.”10 Best Details From Douglas Brinkley’s ‘Cronkite’
May 27, 2012
Sportsmanship, sheer sportsmanship, carried him through all!Jesse Cliffe
Mary Russell Mitford
That is, it the Israeli delegation has the courage, the sportsmanship to agree.The Golden Judge
One likes to contemplate the sportsmanship of that function.The Life of George Washington, Vol. 2 (of 5)
The nicest thing about him, Clancy decided, was his sportsmanship.Find the Woman
Arthur Somers Roche
But we think the English are fools with their sportsmanship and all that.The A.E.F.
Word Origin and History for sportsmanship
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