I am looking for a noun to describe the cohesiveness and unified purpose of a team, rather than just the usual sense of overall talent used when describing a group of individuals as "the best team in the league."

I would like to write a sentence such as:

They only win the championship when they are the best X in the league.

where X is the noun that indicates "greatest cohesion" rather than "greatest amount of talent."

  • Does it have to be "are the best"? Can it be "have the best"? – Daniil Agashiyev Jan 24 '15 at 16:49
  • And if a compound noun is a 'noun', team spirit would work after 'has/possess/display' and is the usual term: 'team spirit noun feelings of camaraderie among the members of a group, enabling them to cooperate and work well together.' [Google Dictionary as was] – Edwin Ashworth Jan 24 '15 at 17:19
  • I would prefer a single-word noun here, rather than a phrase involving the use of "team." – aeismail Jan 24 '15 at 17:24
  • I generally use the word "team" to mean this. (Unfortunately, far too many people understand the word differently.) – Hot Licks Jan 24 '15 at 19:22
  • Not answering directly as it's a bit of a reword but how about "the most cohesive team"? "Best" is inherently vague so makes it harder for you. There are other options beyond "cohesive", such as "disciplined", "organised", etc. – Chris H Jan 24 '15 at 20:35

If you're not committed to "...they are the best X...", you can try synergy.

They only win the championship when they have the best synergy in the league.

Synergy: the interaction of elements that when combined produce a total effect that is greater than the sum of the individual elements, contributions, etc.; synergism.

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    I must admit that I've come to loathe the word synergy because of its use in modern business, which has largely stripped it of any real consequence. – aeismail Jan 24 '15 at 17:23

I would use teamwork.

n. Cooperative effort by the members of a group or team to achieve a common goal. [TFD]

To fit teamwork in your example, use have (or exhibit, demonstrate, display, bring out etc.) instead of are:

They only win the championship when they have the best teamwork in the league.

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You could use "operation" - in the way one would describe an efficient factory, for instance.


"System" - in a quasi-medical sense of different parts working together to perform a single function.

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You might consider "unit" or "collective"

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