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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)

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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 previewSex, Power and the Games (2012)

by K. Woodward

Amateurism is a male version ofwhite, middleclass female morality as embodied inthe ideaofthe Victorian poet Coventry Patmore's 'Angel in the House'who,as the model ofmoral femininity,isthe guardian of morality in theVictorianhousehold, ...

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 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 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 previewThe Amateur (2017)

The Pleasures of Doing What You Love by Andy Merrifield

Amateurism is an affair of the heart, like ...

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 SAGE Dictionary of Sports Studies (2008)

by Dominic Malcolm

The creed of not being paid to play can be understood only in relation to people actually being paid to play; amateurism was a response to professionalism. Indeed, conflicts betweenidealsofamateurism and professionalism were central to the ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of British Football (2002)

by Richard William Cox, Dave Russell, Wray Vamplew

Amateurism. and. Amateur. Football. Amateurism was a Victorian invention. The term meant a love of sport and was used to distinguish those who played for pleasure from those who played for pay. Historically, spectator sports like pugilism ...

Google previewThe Oxford Encyclopedia of American Social History (2012)

Nichols SPORTS, AMATEUR Amateurism in sports did not become a significant concept until the 1860s. An amateur played for fun, whereas a professional played to win at all costs. At first, when most sporting contests offered prizes ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of the Harlem Renaissance (2012)

by Cary D. Wintz, Paul Finkelman

The visual art of the Harlem Renaissance was typically evaluated according to a priori assumptions about amateurism, primitivism, Authenticity, and racialuniqueness. The fusionofthese qualities created specific expectations: Authentic ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Consumer Culture (2011)

by Dale Southerton

Sometimes called enthusiasms, amateurism and hobbyism are largely Western pastimes. They are classified as “ serious ...

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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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