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Definition of the noun amateurism

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noun - plural: amateurisms

  1. the conviction that people should participate in sports as a hobby (for the fun of it) rather than for money

Alternative definition of the noun amateurism


  1. Amateur beliefs and practices generally.
  2. The opinion or conviction that sports ought not to be played for money.

Specialised definition of the noun amateurism

Glossary of sports

term for the ideal of the Olympic movement that permits participation at Olympic Games only to actual amateurs. The term originates from the 19th century and was introduced by the founder of the modern Olympic Games, Pierre Baron de Coubertin (*1863, fl937); it is derived from the differentiation between the gentleman athlete, who was able to finance his sport activities himself as a hobby ("gentleman driver", "gentleman rider"), and the professional athlete. However, this differentiation can no longer be upheld in this form, because of the resulting unequal social treatment of the athlete. Therefore, the idea of amateurism cannot be used for characterizing today's Olympic sport. The more evident this is made, the better it is not only for the Olympic movement itself, but also for the broad and continuously increasing area of amateur sport. (Herbert Haag & Gerald Haag. 2003. Dictionary. Sport, Physical Education, Sport Science. Kiel, Institut für Sport und Sportwissenschaften)

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for amateurism

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Google previewRun for Life (2009)

The Anti-Aging, Anti-Injury, Super-Fitness Plan to Keep You Running to 100 by Roy M. Wallack

Amateurism is a little bit fraudulent. This all came to a head in 1980 with the Olympic boycott, when the U.S. boycotted Moscow. The maratho‐ners, distance racers, the road racers, we formed an asso‐ciation to fight for allowing distance ...

Google previewAdministration of Intercollegiate Athletics (2014)

by Weight, Erianne, Zullo, Robert

“Admit Amateurism Is a Sham” ( Whitlock, 2012), and“The NCAA's Ethics Problem”(Nocera, 2013). Taken together ...

Google previewThe Persistence of Craft (2003)

The Applied Arts Today by Paul Greenhalgh

Understood as those groups who engage with some form of making on a part- time, non-specialist or hobbyist level, amateurism is an important element in all the arts. There is nothing pejorative in describing areas of practice amateur, ...

Google previewThe Sociocultural Foundations of Human Movement (1996)

by David Kirk

Amateurism is a modern concept originating in Britain in the second half of the nineteenth century to justify an elitist system of sport that was class based. Nineteenth century middle and upper class advocates for sport were able to draw a link ...

Google previewArt of the Twentieth Century (2003)

A Reader by Jason Gaiger, Paul Wood

Amateurism is a radical reductivist methodology insofar as it is the form of an impersonation. In photoconceptualism, photography posits its escape from the criteria of art-photography through the artist's performance as a non- artist who, ...

Google previewThe Business of Sports (2011)

by Scott Rosner, Kenneth L. Shropshire

Rather, today's amateurism is a direct descendant of the Avery Brundages of the world and is actually much more reflective of the practices developed in Victorian England than those originated in ancient Greece. 2. England In 1866, the ...

Google previewThe Encyclopedia of Popular Music (2011)

by Colin Larkin

The Days Of Ford Cortina', while in many ways charming, was proto-punk amateurism at best. It also came in 'curry-coloured' vinyl, while other song titles included 'Kawasaki, Hotter Than Chapati', evidence that while Morrissey may have ...

Google previewA Dictionary of Sports Studies (2010)

by Alan Tomlinson

An English athlete and athletics administrator, who both epitomized and challenged the prevailing ethos of * amateurism. Born in Bedford, England, Abrahams was the youngest of four sons of Isaac ...

Google previewNew Comprehensive A-Z Crossword Dictionary (1996)

by Edy G. Schaffer


Google previewMorris Dictionary of Word and Phrase Origins (1988)

by William Morris, Mary Morris

"Love" in tennis and other racket games is directly derived from this idea of amateurism. A person who "plays for love," in the age-old expression, is literally playing for nothing—at least nothing in the form of a tangible reward. Thus the figure 0 ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of the Harlem Renaissance: A-J (2004)

by Cary D. Wintz, Paul Finkelman

amateurism, and atavism, resulted in a clear preference among mainstream critics for black artistic expression that manifested it. The fascination with tribal art would later, in the populist climate of the 19305, be displaced by an idealization of ...

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Scrabble value of A1M3A1T1E1U1R1I1S1M3

The value of this 10-letter word is 14 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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