mores

plural noun mo·res \ ˈmȯr-ˌāz also -(ˌ)ēz \

Definition of mores

1 : the fixed morally binding customs of a particular group
  • have tended to withdraw and develop a self-sufficient society of their own, with distinct and rigid mores
  • —James Stirling
2 : moral attitudes
  • the evershifting mores of the moment
  • —Havelock Ellis
3 : habits, manners
  • organized dancing developed a whole set of mores and practices of its own
  • —R. L. Taylor

Origin and Etymology of mores

Latin, plural of mor-, mos custom


MORES Defined for English Language Learners

mores

Definition of mores for English Language Learners

  • : the customs, values, and behaviors that are accepted by a particular group, culture, etc.



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