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

Examples of work ethic in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web He is known amongst friends, peers, and classmates for his kindness, goofiness, grit, impeccable work ethic, and most importantly, his unfailingly genuine soul. Fox News, 23 July 2021 That thing — call it heart, work ethic, the competitive spirit — became the steel cable that not only bound the two men but became the foundation laid in the basement of a 15-win first season together up to the penthouse of an NBA championship. Jim Owczarski, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 22 July 2021 West Side coach Chris Buggs raved about Washington’s work ethic both in the classroom and on the court, which helped create this moment for him. Dave Melton, chicagotribune.com, 20 July 2021 Those assistants admired his work ethic, offensive genius and wonderful malaprops. Patrick Reusse, Star Tribune, 15 July 2021 He is known amongst friends, peers, and classmates for his kindness, goofiness, grit, impeccable work ethic, and most importantly, his unfailingly genuine soul. Harriet Sokmensuer, PEOPLE.com, 6 July 2021 But the fight over Kourtney's work ethic, which turned physical, happened in front of a network rep, which would've made leaving it out nearly impossible. Erin Jensen, USA TODAY, 18 June 2021 Everyone loves Tony, not only as a pitcher, but as a competitor and (for his) work ethic. Charlie Goldsmith, The Enquirer, 12 June 2021 This young man learned a healthy work ethic, the importance of keeping good accounting records, and the theory of compounding interest. Chris Carosa, Forbes, 22 May 2021

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First Known Use of work ethic

1945, in the meaning defined above

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30 Jul 2021

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“Work ethic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/work%20ethic. Accessed 1 Aug. 2021.

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