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Athletics vs. Sports — What's the Difference?

Athletics vs. Sports — What's the Difference?

Difference Between Athletics and Sports

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Athletics

Activities, such as sports, exercises, and games, that require physical skill and stamina.

Sports

An activity involving physical exertion and skill that is governed by a set of rules or customs and often undertaken competitively.

Athletics

The principles or system of training and practice for such activities.

Sports

Often sports (used with a sing. verb) Such activities considered as a group
Sports is a good way for children to get exercise.

Athletics

A group of sporting activities including track and field, road running, cross country and racewalking.
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Sports

A usually challenging activity undertaken for amusement
"the sport of trying to eat [a bratwurst] with anything fewer than four paper napkins" (Jane Kramer).

Athletics

Physical activities such as sports and games requiring stamina, fitness and skill.

Sports

Fun; amusement
Balanced on the curb just for the sport of it.

Athletics

Plural of athletic

Sports

Mockery; jest
He made sport of his own looks.

Athletics

The art of training by athletic exercises; the games and sports of athletes.

Sports

An object of mockery, jest, or play
Treated our interests as sport.

Athletics

An active diversion requiring physical exertion and competition

Sports

A joking mood or attitude
She made the remark in sport.

Athletics

A contest between athletes

Sports

One known for the manner of one's acceptance of rules, especially of a game, or of a difficult situation
A poor sport.

Athletics

Participation in sports events as an extracurricular activity

Sports

(Informal) A fair-minded person, especially one who accepts teasing or difficult situations well
Be a sport and show me where you caught those fish.

Sports

(Informal) A pleasant companion
Was a real sport during the trip.

Sports

A person who lives a jolly, extravagant life.

Sports

A gambler at sporting events.

Sports

(Biology) An organism or a part of an organism that shows a marked change from the parent type, typically as a result of mutation.

Sports

(Obsolete) Amorous dalliance; lovemaking.

Sports

To play or frolic
Children sporting in the waves.

Sports

To joke or trifle
"Lear ... in a storm, half mad, sported with by the gods" (Cynthia Ozick).

Sports

To wear or have on one's body, especially prominently or ostentatiously
Sports diamond earrings.
Sports a tattoo.

Sports

To have as a prominent feature
A car sporting a new paint job.

Sports

Of, relating to, or appropriate for sports
Sport fishing.
Sports equipment.

Sports

Designed or appropriate for outdoor or informal wear
A sport shirt.

Sports

Plural of sport

Sports

Standard spelling of sport, the class of physical activies

Sports

To participate in sports; typically used by a person with little interest in the subject to derisively elide details of the activity in question.

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