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ethos

[ee-thos, ee-thohs, eth-os, -ohs] /ˈi θɒs, ˈi θoʊs, ˈɛθ ɒs, -oʊs/
noun
1.
Sociology. the fundamental character or spirit of a culture; the underlying sentiment that informs the beliefs, customs, or practices of a group or society; dominant assumptions of a people or period:
In the Greek ethos the individual was highly valued.
2.
the character or disposition of a community, group, person, etc.
3.
the moral element in dramatic literature that determines a character's action rather than his or her thought or emotion.
Origin of ethos
1850-1855
1850-55; < Greek: custom, habit, character
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  • It's a song that expresses a rock ethos many aspire to.
  • Part of the company ethos is to listen to fans.
  • Rodriguez combines sharp satire and timely political commentary with a decidedly B-movie ethos.
  • The concept surely grates on the scientific ethos.
  • This ethos shaped the American news media for more than a century.
  • Foster's first short story collection captures the blunt ethos of underachievers.
  • Our ethos is to look at business schools from the students' perspective.
  • The old ethos of equality has gone.
  • Blake's ethos, then and now, is to publish books he can imagine in the top 10.
  • He lacks ethos and that weakens his argument.
British Dictionary definitions for ethos

ethos

/ˈiːθɒs/
noun
1.
the distinctive character, spirit, and attitudes of a people, culture, era, etc: the revolutionary ethos
Word Origin
C19: from Late Latin: habit, from Greek
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Word Origin and History for ethos
n.

revived by Palgrave in 1851 from Greek ethos "moral character, nature, disposition, habit, custom," from suffixed form of PIE root *s(w)e- (see idiom). An important concept in Aristotle (e.g. "Rhetoric" II xii-xiv).

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