ath·​let·​i·​cism ath-ˈle-tə-ˌsi-zəm How to pronounce athleticism (audio)
: athletic ability : the combination of qualities (such as speed, strength, and agility) that are characteristic of an athlete
These days they do standing backflips and other moves that require a high degree of athleticism—and endless practice.Cathy Booth Thomas

Examples of athleticism in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Miami added Driscoll, who has started 17 NFL games the past four seasons, because of his athleticism, Barry said. Omar Kelly, Miami Herald, 10 June 2024 But men have helped move the sport in exciting directions with complementary skills that help enhance its athleticism and power, said Lisa Schott, the technical and artistic swimming chair at World Aquatics, the sport’s governing body. Sarah Lyall Daniel Dorsa, New York Times, 6 June 2024 Gafford is the older veteran that starts the game while Lively is the talented rookie that comes off the bench and has been able to be a sparkplug with his athleticism on both ends of the floor. Steven Johnson, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 5 June 2024 In a different cycle, brains and rationality might prevail over preternatural athleticism, as when the hyperanalytical Yul Kwon beat Ozzy Lusth in Survivor: Cook Islands despite the latter being one of the most physically dominant players of all time. Mark Harris, Vulture, 4 June 2024 See all Example Sentences for athleticism 

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1835, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of athleticism was circa 1835

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“Athleticism.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Jun. 2024.

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