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
The forage-heavy ethos remains strong at this mellow Studio City street corner, where local produce is highlighted with a deft touch.
Moschino creative director Jeremy Scott has a similar ethos, and revealed exclusively to Elle Canada that the fashion house has teamed up with Sephora Collection on a makeup line, in the most fun makeup news ever, maybe.
The environmental issue is a direct reflection of our ethos at our studio.
Even though its progressive ethos progressed itself out of existence, the prog oeuvre still has legions of fans and just as many enemies.
Trump’s remark, like his staffing decisions, cannot be reconciled with his campaign’s ethos.
After struggling with a reputation for poor quality in the 1990s, Hyundai Chairman Chung Mong-Koo started studying Toyota and other high-caliber carmakers and put a similar ethos to work with his companies’ vehicles.
The ethos of the Auburn Coaches Retirement Club is simple, and so is the admission fee.
The pageant is a Miss America state organization and deeply ingrained in that ethos is the spirit of community service.
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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.
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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