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Protestant ethic

Also called Protestant work ethic.
Origin of Protestant ethic
1925-30 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Contemporary definitions for protestant work ethic

a belief in and devotion to hard work, duty, thrift, self-discipline, and responsibility; also called Protestant work ethic , work ethic , 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.

The American Heritage® New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
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