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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Everything about her says champion, from her work ethic to her determination to her mental toughness. Gary D'amato, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "D'Amato: Can Gwen Jorgensen pull off one of the greatest feats in Olympic history? Don't bet against her.," 5 June 2018 Critics often condemn lottery players as subverting the work ethic, that the pursuit of gambling defies a longstanding American tradition of getting ahead through work, not luck. Jonathan D. Cohen, Vox, "How lottery money helped build the United States," 24 Oct. 2018 Size plays a big part in what makes Mark Redman special as a recruit, Hettig said, but his work ethic also is top notch. Matt Szabo,, "CdM’s Mark Redman becomes elite football prospect," 22 June 2018 He was so grounded, and his work ethic was so good. Hal Boedeker,, "Donny Most supplies jazzy happy days," 12 June 2018 His work ethic was strong and his natural talent evident, more so to his teachers than himself at first. Lawrence Elizabeth Knox, Houston Chronicle, "Born to sing the opera’s hits," 2 May 2018 Belle Robinson, who cofounded the brand with John Robinson, dished about Kate's work ethic and already-royal composure during a 2008 interview with the Evening Standard. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "Kate Middleton Had These Two Very Normal Jobs Before She Became a Royal," 19 Aug. 2018 Some employers, especially in the health care and nonprofit sectors, already view older workers as untapped resources who can bring highly developed skills and strong work ethics to their organizations. Robert Weisman,, "Help wanted, but not from older workers: Many struggle to find jobs as employers post openings," 14 June 2018 Minton said, adding that students with notable work experience from their teen years often come to college with a strong sense of time management, strong verbal communication skills and a good work ethic. Vikki Ortiz,, "Teens need summer jobs to learn important life skills. Too bad they're not getting them.," 21 May 2018

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First Known Use of work ethic

1945, in the meaning defined above

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