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

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Examples of mores in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The man in question had developmental difficulties that limited his grasp of social mores. Soleil Ho, San Francisco Chronicle, "The restaurant equity revolution will not be Instagrammed," 21 Dec. 2020 These movies offer a variety of portraits of everyday life while affirming ethical values and social mores along the way. S. Brent Rodriguez-plate, The Conversation, "Here’s why Christmas movies are so appealing this holiday season," 18 Dec. 2020 This pandemic has changed behaviors, routines and social mores. Washington Post, "‘Take off your mask’: Boorish customers have found a way to make sexual harassment even more of a hazard," 10 Dec. 2020 Bertram Wilbur Doyle belonged to that tradition, which emphasized the importance of custom, mores, and ritual over analyses of class in the attempt to grapple with the nature of American injustice. Gaiutra Bahadur, The New Republic, "Is America Trapped in a Caste System?," 25 Nov. 2020 Politics, women, debates over social mores, collaborators worthy of public recognition—none could divert him from his obsessive course. Aaron Timms, The New Republic, "The Tangled Legacy of James Beard," 4 Dec. 2020 But the principles of faith, at least as understood in 2020 America, are subjective, subject to shifting social mores and the differing beliefs of individual corporate executives. WSJ, "What Do We Expect From Our Corporations?," 3 Dec. 2020 In the America that Didion, a fifth-generation Californian, grew up in—middle-class, Protestant, Republican Sacramento—the social mores were fixed, intractable. Hilton Als, The New York Review of Books, "An Awful and Beautiful Light," 1 Dec. 2020 In his latest cover, Adrian Tomine, an astute observer of social mores, finds the humor in our increasingly digital search for love. Françoise Mouly, The New Yorker, "Adrian Tomine’s “Love Life”," 30 Nov. 2020

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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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The first known use of mores was in 1898

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8 Jan 2021

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“Mores.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Jan. 2021.

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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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