: the distinguishing character, sentiment, moral nature, or guiding beliefs of a person, group, or institution

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.
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Word History


New Latin, from Greek ēthos custom, character — more at sib

First Known Use

1842, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of ethos was in 1842

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“Ethos.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ethos. Accessed 18 Jun. 2024.

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