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showmanship

[shoh-muh n-ship]
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noun
  1. the skill or ability of a showman.
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Origin of showmanship

First recorded in 1855–60; showman + -ship
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Related Words for showmanship

play, theater, farce, show, scene, production, comedy, tragedy, melodrama, climax, dramatization, vehicle, showmanship, Broadway, footlights, dramaturgy, theatricals, stagecraft, front, varnish

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Historical Examples of showmanship

  • Much information about showmanship is given in our makeup classes.

  • His anger struggled with his pleasure at Hugo's showmanship.

    Gladiator

    Philip Wylie

  • As for the rest of the trick, the effect is produced entirely by showmanship.

    Water Wizardry

    Arthur Ainslie

  • As for Fanny's method; here is a typical example of her somewhat crude effectiveness in showmanship.

    Fanny Herself

    Edna Ferber

  • In doing this you make use of an excellent little piece of showmanship; you pretend to be very nervous.

    Water Wizardry

    Arthur Ainslie


Word Origin and History for showmanship

n.

1859, from showman "one who presents shows" + -ship.

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