noun \ˈē-ˌthäs\

: the guiding beliefs of a person, group, or organization

Full Definition of ETHOS

:  the distinguishing character, sentiment, moral nature, or guiding beliefs of a person, group, or institution; also :  ethic 2c

Examples of ETHOS

  1. The company made environmental awareness part of its business ethos.
  2. They are working to keep a democratic ethos alive in the community.

Origin of ETHOS

New Latin, from Greek ēthos custom, character — more at sib
First Known Use: 1851

Other Sociology Terms

bourgeois, eugenics, exurb, incommunicado, intelligentsia, megalopolis, metrosexual, mores, subculture


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