plural noun
mo·​res | \ ˈmȯr-ˌāz How to pronounce mores (audio) 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

Examples of mores in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But introducing new stylistic mores was F.A. Porsche’s modus operandi, established with his conceiving the now-iconic Porsche 911 sports car previewed in 1963 and put in production the following year. Viju Mathew, Robb Report, 18 Jan. 2022 The battle mirrors cultural conflicts across the region where autocratic governments in socially conservative countries have tried to censor any expression that challenges traditional mores. New York Times, 16 Jan. 2022 The book is a brilliant evocation of the way the manners and mores of plush American suburbia willfully miss the point, how people avert their eyes to preserve an ersatz status quo. Gemma Sieff, Harper’s Magazine , 4 Jan. 2022 Without the bourgeoisie’s staid and starchy mores, there is no bohemia. Deborah Treisman, The New Yorker, 22 Nov. 2021 And our products are playing an important role in our customers’ lives mores than ever. Hadley Keller, House Beautiful, 23 Sep. 2021 Yet some have voiced disappointment about the competition's attempts to adapt to contemporary mores. Susan Haigh, USA TODAY, 16 Dec. 2021 Yet some have voiced disappointment about the competition’s attempts to adapt to contemporary mores. Susan Haigh,, 15 Dec. 2021 The third season’s juxtaposition of history and contemporary mores gives a thoughtful, rich treatment to the Civil War while still managing to find light in the dark. Sophie Gilbert, The Atlantic, 9 Dec. 2021

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First Known Use of mores

1898, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for mores

Latin, plural of mor-, mos custom

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20 Jan 2022

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“Mores.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Jan. 2022.

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English Language Learners Definition of mores

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

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