work ethic


Definition of work ethic

: a belief in work as a moral good : a set of values centered on the importance of doing work and reflected especially in a desire or determination to work hard

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Marcus Henry was well-regarded at Boise State for his work ethic, and that is still showing up more than two years after his last game for the Broncos. Dave Southorn, idahostatesman, "Boise St. football player signs with Seahawks; other ex-Broncos get their NFL shots this week | Idaho Statesman," 8 May 2018 Beyond his shooting, the Heat appreciates his character, conditioning, work ethic and efforts to improve his all-around game. Barry Jackson, miamiherald, "Wayne Ellington agrees to deal with Heat," 12 July 2018 But perhaps the most significant contributing factor is his work ethic. Patricia Hernandez, The Verge, "Fortnite star Ninja says his biggest challenges in 2018 are the ‘haters’," 31 Oct. 2018 But there is little question that his conservative jurisprudence would have a major impact, given Kavanaugh’s intellect, work ethic and reputation for clarity in his opinions. Brian Bennett, Time, "How Brett Kavanaugh Could Change the Supreme Court—and America," 12 July 2018 Pasquale maintained an unwavering work ethic watching everything that was going on at the studio. Michael Saponara, Billboard, "Meet Chef Pasquale, Unsigned Producer Who Worked on Drake's 'KMT' & Cardi B's New Album," 2 Apr. 2018 Our commitment to the work ethic, meant to help us live the good life, is actually keeping us from doing so. William A. Galston, WSJ, "Work: The New Political Breakthrough," 20 Nov. 2018 The work ethic at practice and in the weight room has been phenomenal. Kyle Neddenriep, Indianapolis Star, "Former Ben Davis coach Mike Kirschner rejuvenated in new stop at Mt. Vernon," 3 July 2018 Phil Neville has echoed the sentiments expressed by his brother Gary, criticising the work ethic of Stoke and Switzerland forward Xherdan Shaqiri., "Phil Neville Brands Liverpool Target a 'Disgrace' After Brother Gary Calls Him 'Unprofessional'," 3 July 2018

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First Known Use of work ethic

1945, in the meaning defined above

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