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
An ethos of urban rescue, directed at working class and immigrant families, animated their introduction.
He was entranced by the new ethos as a senior at New York’s liberal Fieldston high school.
Lair says he was inspired in part by the anti-waste ethos of New York chef Dan Barber, owner of James Beard Award-winning and Michelin-starred Blue Hill at Stone Barns.
If the first single is anything to go by, Kurstin has successfully grokked the Gallagher ethos, while leaving Liam enough room to swagger.
Created in 2009, the award recognizes the SWO who best personifies the ideals of the surface warrior ethos through excellence in warfighting, leadership and mission accomplishment.
The White Sox tried to compete at the margins for years after their last playoff appearance in 2008, but finally gave in and fully embraced the rebuild ethos last offseason.
On the importance of cultivating art for the public: Support for the arts is such a significant part of the Segerstrom and South Coast Plaza ethos and will continue to be.
True, some disseminate a few ideas, including niceness — a smiley-face ethos that extends to what might be called diversity lite.
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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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