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 environmental issue is a direct reflection of our ethos at our studio.
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.
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.
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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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