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work ethic

noun
1.
a belief in the moral benefit and importance of work and its inherent ability to strengthen character.
Origin
1950-1955
1950-55
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  • Stella, whose tireless work ethic makes him an omnivore of source materials and images, didn't stop with smoke rings.
  • People value their strength as well as their work ethic.
  • The government is leery of generous handouts, fearing they might undercut the work ethic while burdening taxpayers.
  • Exasperating the ordinary word officer, who expects enlisted words to demonstrate clarity, brevity and work ethic.
  • He's got great makeup and character, a great work ethic.
  • His humility, earnestness, professionalism and work ethic are woven into the fiber of this team.
  • People who are naturally kind, empathetic and curious, along with having a strong work ethic.
  • Too often, he said, they have a poor work ethic and lack mental toughness.
  • When she mentions growing up and getting a job during a grammar lesson, she teaches the work ethic.
  • First of all, growing up on a farm, you learn quickly the value of a good work ethic.
British Dictionary definitions for work ethic

work ethic

noun
1.
a belief in the moral value of work (often in the phrase Protestant work ethic)
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Contemporary definitions for work ethic
noun

See Protestant ethic

noun

See puritan ethic

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