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ethos

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noun \ˈē-ˌthäs\

Simple Definition of ethos

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

Full Definition of ethos

  1. :  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



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