Definition of gamesmanship in English:

gamesmanship

noun

  • [mass noun] The art of winning games by using various ploys and tactics to gain a psychological advantage.

    ‘the negotiations were primarily exercises in propaganda and gamesmanship’
    • ‘His work is heftier and more rewarding, on the level of pure intellectual gamesmanship, than I first realized in the '80s.’
    • ‘After the perfectly valid debate about gamesmanship from Portugal there was relief, for a while, in rediscovering that football itself can be a suitable topic of conversation.’
    • ‘Violence and gamesmanship are a virulent virus infecting sport.’
    • ‘A critical element of his game is his gamesmanship.’
    • ‘Players know there is a line between gamesmanship and personal and aggressive insults (sledging).’
    • ‘We get this kind of whimsical sense that the criminal justice system has nothing to do with truth telling, it's all about gamesmanship and winning.’
    • ‘Come springtime, hockey players seem to morph into superhuman creations of competitiveness, physicality and gamesmanship.’
    • ‘Pseudoscientific activities are really arts involving gamesmanship.’
    • ‘As the name suggests, the award aims to recognise the player who has brought the most energy, flamboyance or spectacular gamesmanship to the pitch.’
    • ‘There is a place for gamesmanship in cricket; it's a game which is built on unique qualities of patience and concentration and focus, and as well as relaxation.’
    • ‘Ha admits to spending about 20 hours a week playing the game, improving her gamesmanship and marksmanship with each successive hour.’
    • ‘Until her death in 1996, she was still renowned for her wit, her sly gamesmanship in her personal relations, and her stoicism in the face of deadly disease.’
    • ‘Was that an interesting bit of political gamesmanship?’
    • ‘They need to know that people are doing the right things for the right reasons, and not just for political gamesmanship.’
    • ‘His narrative gamesmanship both undermines traditional forms and affirms the importance of telling and receiving tales in our lives.’
    • ‘Although he had won a hatful of major titles at club level, he also had a reputation for employing physical violence and gamesmanship.’
    • ‘Although that document now appears to have been overtaken by events, it is instructive to examine the legal terms as part of the sensitive political gamesmanship.’
    • ‘No matter what the ultimate motivation, there is not much cause for hope if this is mere ritual or diplomatic gamesmanship.’
    • ‘The Calgary Flames-Edmonton Oiler rivalries in the 1980s produced some classic gamesmanship.’
    • ‘The political gamesmanship that has permeated healthcare must be replaced by common sense and what is in the best interest of all parties in healthcare, including those who provide it.’

Pronunciation:

gamesmanship

/ˈɡeɪmzmənʃɪp/