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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Recent Examples on the Web Ortega believes Dhal can make an immediate college impact because of his work ethic, especially on the defensive end of the court. Richard Obert, The Arizona Republic, "PHH Prep forward Matur Dhal commits to Cal Poly basketball," 7 Aug. 2020 Dane Baldwin’s work ethic comes straight from his grandparents. Kristine M. Kierzek, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "A strong work ethic and lessons from the pros helped Dane Baldwin make The Diplomat restaurant special," 4 Aug. 2020 Despite Antonio Brown's issues, Jackson admired the veteran's work ethic during the offseason sessions. David Ginsburg, Star Tribune, "NFL MVP Jackson insists he's 'got to do better' in 2020," 29 July 2020 Ohio State assistants have praised Harris’ work ethic and development. Nathan Baird, cleveland, "Ohio State football can let freshman wide receivers ease into the spotlight: Buckeye Take," 1 July 2020 While describing his experience working with Gwen, Blake couldn't help but compliment the No Doubt singer's work ethic and voice. Selena Barrientos, Good Housekeeping, "Blake Shelton Gets Candid About Recording 'Nobody But You' With Gwen Stefani," 26 May 2020 My husband is very intelligent, and a basically good human with a strong work ethic and good moral code. The Washington Post, "On Parenting: Meghan Leahy took your questions," 8 July 2020 Garcia likes Franco’s work ethic, his dedication to the sport and his focus leading up to a fight. John Whisler,, "‘The Professor’ gets high marks as student of boxing," 3 July 2020 Pritchard spoke glowingly about Oladipo's work ethic since returning to St. Vincent Center. J. Michael, The Indianapolis Star, "Victor Oladipo workouts 'impressive', whether he'll play for Pacers still to be determined," 30 June 2020

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First Known Use of work ethic

1945, in the meaning defined above

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10 Aug 2020

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“Work ethic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Aug. 2020.

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