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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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  • They were criminals, by their own ethos, when they desecrated our dead.

    The Leicestershires beyond Baghdad Edward John Thompson
  • It is "ethical" or "moral" in the sense of conforming to the ethos or mores of the group.

    Ethics John Dewey and James Hayden Tufts
  • The ethos of a group is just a catch-all term for the ways in which the members of a group rub against each other.

    The Ethical Engineer Henry Maxwell Dempsey
  • When the whole spirit, atmosphere, and ethos are anti-moral it is idle to chronicle any chance rectitude of detail.

  • The ethos of the satiric persona was something they could not understand.

    Two Poems Against Pope Leonard Welsted
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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