Definition of ethos
: the distinguishing character, sentiment, moral nature, or guiding beliefs of a person, group, or institution; also : ethic 2c
Examples of ethos in a Sentence
The company made environmental awareness part of its business ethos.
They are working to keep a democratic ethos alive in the community.
Recent Examples of ethos from the Web
In March, several top reporters and executives resigned, saying that Mr. Bannon’s insistence on articles favorable to Mr. Trump had compromised Mr. Breitbart’s ethos that nothing was sacred.
The proposal speaks to a very Silicon Valley ethos where company founders often reign supreme — and where corporate structures have shifted to accommodate that philosophy.
Some splits were over matters of religion, and some over Garrison’s peculiar perfectionist ethos and notions of nonresistance.
Teachers were discouraged from coöperating and from sharing material—this competitive ethos found in school, where coöperation and the sharing of information, particularly in the lower grades, is essential.
The rank-and-file bankers and traders who have remained with the firm seem, for now, to be on board with the new ethos.
Any expression of generosity should be accompanied by an embrace of the same risk-taking ethos and analytic rigor that drives start-up culture.
The religious ethos is about redemption, self-abnegation and surrender to God.
Anyone familiar with the rehab ethos knows how we're supposed to deal with this sentiment.
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Did You Know?
Ethos means "custom" or "character" in Greek. As originally used by Aristotle, it referred to a man's character or personality, especially in its balance between passion and caution. Today ethos is used to refer to the practices or values that distinguish one person, organization, or society from others. So we often hear of the ethos of rugged individualism and self-sufficiency on the American frontier in the 19th century; and a critic might complain about, for example, the ethos of violence in the inner cities or the ethos of permissiveness in the suburbs.
Origin and Etymology of ethos
New Latin, from Greek ēthos custom, character — more at sib
First Known Use: 1842
ETHOS Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of ethos for English Language Learners
: the guiding beliefs of a person, group, or organization
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