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[spawrts-muh n-ship, spohrts-] /ˈspɔrts mənˌʃɪp, ˈspoʊrts-/
the character, practice, or skill of a sportsman.
sportsmanlike conduct, as fairness, courtesy, being a cheerful loser, etc.
Origin of sportsmanship
1735-45; sportsman + -ship Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • The killing of doves represents a great and widespread decline in the ethics of sportsmanship.

    Our Vanishing Wild Life William T. Hornaday
  • sportsmanship, sheer sportsmanship, carried him through all!

    Jesse Cliffe Mary Russell Mitford
  • So all was well; the young sprouts came down the mountain again, bragging and showing off their sportsmanship.

  • One likes to contemplate the sportsmanship of that function.

  • And-152- there was Isaac McLelland, whose verse was as good as his sportsmanship.

    Literary New York Charles Hemstreet
  • The nicest thing about him, Clancy decided, was his sportsmanship.

    Find the Woman Arthur Somers Roche
  • But the Cubs were too well trained in sportsmanship to make pointed remarks about the new Den member.

  • But we think the English are fools with their sportsmanship and all that.

    The A.E.F. Heywood Broun
Word Origin and History for sportsmanship

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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