the character, practice, or skill of a sportsman.
sportsmanlike conduct, as fairness, courtesy, being a cheerful loser, etc.
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How to use sportsmanship in a sentence
If the roller-coaster Tokyo 2020 Olympics did anything, they stoked our enthusiasm for the return of global sports with their rivalries, upsets, superhuman athletic feats, and moments of sportsmanship that can make a rugby player cry.
Depending on where you sat, it was either the ultimate display of Olympic sportsmanship, or further proof that competition-averse millennials are ruining everything.
A paternal figure to his players, he cares more about teamwork and good sportsmanship than winning.Ted Lasso and TV's Strange Quest to Build the Perfect Man | Judy Berman | July 19, 2021 | Time
The article said “a lot of teams would slap a fine on a player who was sucker enough to bite on it,” making it unclear if the problem was about sportsmanship or strategy.
Chara — who missed only one game this season and played the 1,600th game of his career in April — was nominated for the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy, which is awarded for perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey.Zdeno Chara was Boston’s leader. As the Caps’ Cup pursuit begins, he must face his former team. | Samantha Pell | May 13, 2021 | Washington Post
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 | Evin Demirel | July 21, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Impeccable sportsmanship of children at school matches is legendary.Where Will Kate Middleton and Prince William Send Their Kid to School? | Tom Sykes | December 4, 2012 | THE DAILY BEAST
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’ | Howard Kurtz | May 27, 2012 | THE DAILY BEAST
sportsmanship, sheer sportsmanship, carried him through all!Jesse Cliffe | Mary Russell Mitford
I'm sure the Cassylians don't want to advertise their bad sportsmanship so there won't be anything as crude as a roadblock.Deathworld | Harry Harrison
The barbarian culture shows sportsmanship, status, and anthropomorphism.The Theory of the Leisure Class | Thorstein Veblen
There is also a livelier sense of honor—an expression of sportsmanship and a derivative of predatory life.The Theory of the Leisure Class | Thorstein Veblen
With such a spirit as is displayed in this letter the sportsmanship of the Pacific coast is bound to thrive.Harper's Round Table, August 27, 1895 | Various