[ am-uh-choo-riz-uhm, -tyoo-, -chuh-, -tuh-, am-uh-tur-iz-uhm ]


  1. the practice, quality, or character of an amateur or amateurish performance.

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  • pseudo·ama·teur·ism noun

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Word History and Origins

Origin of amateurism1

First recorded in 1865–70; amateur + -ism

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Example Sentences

The ruling itself is limited, but Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s fiery concurring opinion opens the door to broader and bolder lawsuits, ones that might spell the end of amateurism as we know it in college sports.

As long as the NCAA remains rigid and exploitative in its interpretation of amateurism, the organization doesn’t merit much trust.

“Where the NCAA goes wrong is in suggesting that the analysis should be based on its own perspective of what it thinks supports amateurism, because amateurism is not its own free-floating ideal under the antitrust laws,” she said.

Her usual compatriot Kagan, however, seemed to dismiss what she termed “awfully high-minded” rhetoric from the NCAA about amateurism and focused on the organization’s monopoly status.

The relaunch of the football series comes as the amateurism model that has long ruled college sports faces legal and political attacks on multiple fronts.

If the arc of history does in fact bend towards justice, eventually amateurism will leave college sports once and for all.

Thorpe was immediately defended around the world as a scapegoat to the elitist—and already hollow—code of amateurism.

By 1982 the Olympic ideal of amateurism was as good as dead.

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.

But in every branch of politics and some departments of science it was an age of amateurism.


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