work ethic

noun

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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In New York City, her eagerness to learn was matched only by her ferocious work ethic. Jesse Kornbluth, ELLE Decor, "Carolyne Roehm Is the O.G. Lifestyle Maven and Her New Book Shows Why She Still Inspires," 18 Oct. 2018 That context makes Lilly Lashes' rise to fame even more magical, and serves as a testament to her work ethic. Deanna Pai, Glamour, "How Every Celebrity in Hollywood Started Wearing Lilly Lashes," 31 July 2018 Even at this early stage, when the only thing that can be judged is work ethic in a volunteer lifting and conditioning program, I'm told the makeover of the Miami locker room is so far successful. Armando Salguero, miamiherald, "Dolphins wanted to add leaders this offseason. They found this in the draft | Miami Herald," 13 May 2018 As leader of the high court's liberal wing, her diminutive appearance belies her aggressiveness on the bench and work ethic in chambers. USA TODAY, "Tillerson got canned. That's not all that's new with the Trump administration.," 13 Mar. 2018 His mother, Joan, and father, Chris, instilled a relentless work ethic in Oladipo. Jenny Green, Indianapolis Star, "How Pacers guard Victor Oladipo transformed his body, why he sings, and the Paul George trade," 16 Feb. 2018 Senior year, Farias was going to need to step up his confidence as a student and his work ethic in class or the diploma would elude him. Betsy Hammond, OregonLive.com, "'We believe in you;' How one Oregon high school guides Latino students to graduation," 28 Jan. 2018 With added size and power, Siquieros is looking to anchor the defensive line as the Colts make the difficult jump from 3A to 5A. His passion and work ethic are infectious. Richard Obert, azcentral, "Top 10 Arizona high school football defensive tackles for 2018," 12 July 2018 What all of these ‘underdog’ victories have in common is the combatting of technical superiority, elite quality and star personnel with industry, determination, physical and mental resolve and an uncompromising work ethic. SI.com, "Quality vs Fire: Why Uruguay's Clash With France Could Indicate How the World Cup Will Be Won," 4 July 2018

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1945, in the meaning defined above

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