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 His telos—his endgame—is the destabilization, the overcoming, of the whole Western order., "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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The first known use of telos was in 1904

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“Telos.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Feb. 2020.

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