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

Examples of work ethic in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Does the upside of that trio justify giving up on Maxey, a 21-year-old rising star with an insatiable work ethic? Bryan Toporek, Forbes, 12 Aug. 2022 Tyson Ruffins of Long Beach Poly is a 300-pounder with a great work ethic. Eric Sondheimer, Los Angeles Times, 3 Aug. 2022 Questions about work ethic are the sorts of things that Black athletes have had to face for generations. Greg Moore, The Arizona Republic, 28 July 2022 To that point, University of Calgary researcher Paul Fairie posted 14 clippings online last week featuring complaints about Americans' faltering work ethic. Neal Rubin, Detroit Free Press, 24 July 2022 Despite inconsistent playing time, Lopez remains consistent in the batter’s box, a testament to his work ethic in the batting cage. The Enquirer, 11 Sep. 2022 Ryan has backed up those words with his approach this offseason, instantly commanding respect with his work ethic, preparation, attention to detail and discipline. The Indianapolis Star, 7 Sep. 2022 Stutts getting himself in a position to possibly overtake Jones is a testament to his work ethic. Nubyjas Wilborn |, al, 30 Aug. 2022 McLean received nautical education at a local yacht club and was known for his work ethic. John Hilliard,, 20 Aug. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of work ethic

1945, in the meaning defined above

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“Work ethic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Oct. 2022.

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