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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Despite facing significant obstacles, Bob's incredible work ethic and eternal optimism turned WSVN into the top news station in South Florida., "Deaths in South Florida: 6/29," 29 June 2019 Her strong work ethic shows, even in her home kitchen. Erin Booke, Dallas News, "What's a crepe taco? Try this Algerian-French twist on a Texas staple at gluten-free Dallas restaurant," 28 June 2019 Leonard’s spartan work ethic and poker-faced demeanor always suggested that, for him, there was no gratification, only sacrifice. Gilbert Garcia,, "Don’t begrudge Kawhi his Raptors renaissance," 15 June 2019 Indeed, the duchess’s admirable work ethic has been one of the defining themes of her first 12 months of royal life. Victoria Murphy, Town & Country, "How Meghan Markle Is Making the Role of Duchess Her Own," 19 May 2019 Physical attributes aside, Nilsson’s inexhaustible work ethic and consummate professionalism were rock-solid, and affected everything from her renowned business acumen to her crystalline diction. Martin Filler, The New York Review of Books, "Wagner’s Wonder Woman," 8 Sep. 2018 Has an incredible work ethic and an incredible motor. Percy Allen, The Seattle Times, "What does Mike Hopkins and the UW Huskies have in store for an encore?," 24 July 2018 Among the breakout superstars of the 2018 Winter Olympics was 17-year-old snowboarder Chloe Kim, whose Valley Girl vibe almost belied her technical gold-medal finesse and, by all accounts, indefatigable work ethic. Mari Uyehara, GQ, "How Title IX Gave Rise to the Dad Fan," 11 June 2018 High school Rory has an incredible work ethic and impeccable time management. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "Definitive Proof That Rory Gilmore Peaked in High School," 25 Nov. 2016

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First Known Use of work ethic

1945, in the meaning defined above

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