work ethic

noun
a belief in the moral benefit and importance of work and its inherent ability to strengthen character.

Origin:
1950–55

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work ethic
 
n
a belief in the moral value of work (often in the phrase Protestant work ethic)

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Main Entry:  work ethic
Part of Speech:  n
Definition:  See Protestant ethic
Main Entry:  work ethic
Part of Speech:  n
Definition:  See puritan ethic
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Example sentences
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.
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