Protestant work ethic

Protestant ethic

noun
Also called Protestant work ethic.


Origin:
1925–30

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Main Entry:  Protestant work ethic
Part of Speech:  n
Definition:  See Protestant ethic
Main Entry:  Protestant work ethic
Part of Speech:  n
Definition:  See puritan ethic
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Protestant work ethic definition


A view of life that promotes hard work and self-discipline as a means to material prosperity. It is called Protestant because some Protestant groups believe that such prosperity is a sign of God's grace.

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