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sportsmanship

[spawrts-muh n-ship, spohrts-] /ˈspɔrts mənˌʃɪp, ˈspoʊrts-/
noun
1.
the character, practice, or skill of a sportsman.
2.
sportsmanlike conduct, as fairness, courtesy, being a cheerful loser, etc.
Origin of sportsmanship
1735-1745
First recorded in 1735-45; sportsman + -ship
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  • 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 Nathaniel Gordon
  • One likes to contemplate the sportsmanship of that function.

  • 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. Heywood Broun
  • Pluck and sportsmanship is always the criterion, not merely victory.

    The Crimson Sweater

    Ralph Henry Barbour
  • If I were in the old preserves, you should have no cause to jeer at my sportsmanship.'

    Henrietta Temple Benjamin Disraeli
  • The third element of sportsmanship is the grace of a good loser.

    The Joyful Heart Robert Haven Schauffler
Word Origin and History for sportsmanship
n.

"conduct worthy of a sportsman," 1745, from sportsman + -ship.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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