telos

noun
te·​los | \ ˈte-ˌläs How to pronounce telos (audio) , ˈtē- How to pronounce telos (audio) \

Definition of telos

: an ultimate end

Examples of telos in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Setting and pursuing performance goals supplies the telos of the sport, but success and failure are fleeting moments — drops in the bucket of the overall experience. Matt Fitzgerald, Outside Online, 26 Apr. 2021 Techniques exist to be perfected; Curry has pushed the three toward its telos. Vinson Cunningham, The New Yorker, 15 Dec. 2021 His telos—his endgame—is the destabilization, the overcoming, of the whole Western order. vanityfair.com, 10 Jan. 2017

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First Known Use of telos

1904, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for telos

Greek; probably akin to Greek tellein to accomplish, tlēnai to bear — more at tolerate

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“Telos.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/telos. Accessed 22 May. 2022.

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