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[am-uh-choo-riz-uh m, -tyoo-, -chuh-, -tuh-, am-uh-tur-iz-uh m] /ˈæm ə tʃʊˌrɪz əm, -tyʊ-, -tʃə-, -tə-, ˌæm əˈtɜr ɪz əm/
the practice, quality, or character of an amateur or amateurish performance.
1865-70; amateur + -ism
Related forms
pseudoamateurism, noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
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Examples from the web for amateurism
  • At the heart of college athletics is the vague but noble-sounding concept of amateurism.
  • The paper provided coverage of campus and world news, but its general tone was one of charming amateurism.
  • These tests lie between amateurism and quite advanced.
  • Scrapping amateurism deftly sidesteps all of the above.
  • The term is meant to conjure the nobility of amateurism, and the precedence of scholarship over athletic endeavor.
  • The first is between painstaking professionalism and errant amateurism.
  • Since then, continuity has gone the way of amateurism.
  • Right now, there's a certain sense of amateurism and purity to the sport.
  • For much of the evening, the production's communal mix of amateurism and professionalism makes it good, exuberant fun.
  • Reinforce standards of scholarship, sportsmanship, and amateurism.

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