telos

noun
te·los | \ˈte-ˌläs, ˈtē- \

Definition of telos 

: an ultimate end

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His telos—his endgame—is the destabilization, the overcoming, of the whole Western order. vanityfair.com, "The Secret Source of Putin’s Evil," 10 Jan. 2017 His telos—his endgame—is the destabilization, the overcoming, of the whole Western order. Peter Savodnik, The Hive, "The Secret Source of Putin’s Evil," 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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