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As a noun, an individual who subscribes and is committed to a particular set of distinctive values, and is resistant to change or compromise in the interpretation of those values. Notable examples in sport include defendants of the principle of amateurism, or believers in sport's power as a force for international understanding. An idealist viewed from the perspective of someone not sharing his or her values may well be seen more as an apologist or a propagandist.

Subjects: Sport and Leisure.

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