- folkways of central importance accepted without question and embodying the fundamental moral views of a group.
Origin of mores
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- in greater quantity, amount, measure, degree, or number: I need more money.
- additional or further: Do you need more time? More discussion seems pointless.
- an additional quantity, amount, or number: I would give you more if I had it. He likes her all the more. When I could take no more of such nonsense, I left.
- a greater quantity, amount, or degree: More is expected of him. The price is more than I thought.
- something of greater importance: His report is more than a survey.
- (used with a plural verb) a greater number of a class specified, or the greater number of persons: More will attend this year than ever before.
- in or to a greater extent or degree (in this sense often used before adjectives and adverbs, and regularly before those of more than two syllables, to form comparative phrases having the same force and effect as the comparative degree formed by the termination -er): more interesting; more slowly.
- in addition; further; longer; again: Let's talk more another time. We couldn't stand it any more.
- more and more, to an increasing extent or degree; gradually more: They became involved more and more in stock speculation.
- more or less,
- to some extent; somewhat: She seemed more or less familiar with the subject.
- about; in substance; approximately: We came to more or less the same conclusion.
Origin of more
- Hannah,1745–1833, English writer on religious subjects.
- Paul Elmer,1864–1937, U.S. essayist, critic, and editor.
- Sir Thomas,1478–1535, English humanist, statesman, and author: canonized in 1935.
O tempora! O mores!
- O times! O customs!
Examples from the Web for mores
Women have long expressed their sexuality—and the mores of the time—through their choice of undergarments.What Lies Beneath: How Lingerie Got Sexy
June 5, 2014
The change is not in the mores of France, but in its geopolitical and economic history.Dominique Strauss-Kahn Settles With Maid: How the Case Changed France
December 11, 2012
But the anxious tone was not merely due to the mores of his time.Sometimes Memoirs, Especially by Our Own Kin, Tell Us More Than They Intend
June 16, 2011
But by night, some say, the mores of a male-controlled culture dominate.Ivy League After Dark
Rebecca Davis O'Brien
March 21, 2011
In Egypt, it has not obliterated the mores of a place that has known better times.Revolutionary Memories
February 4, 2011
Philosophers do not wholly detach themselves from the mores of their race.
There are three things at least, as regards our mores that cannot be accomplished.
Nothing can ever change them but the unconscious and imperceptible movement of the mores.
No less remarkable than the persistency of the mores is their changeableness and variation.
It is against our mores that ecclesiastics should interfere with those interests.
- sociol the customs and conventions embodying the fundamental values of a group or society
- Hannah. 1745–1833, English writer, noted for her religious tracts, esp The Shepherd of Salisbury Plain
- Sir Thomas . 1478–1535, English statesman, humanist, and Roman Catholic Saint; Lord Chancellor to Henry VIII (1529–32). His opposition to the annulment of Henry's marriage to Catherine of Aragon and his refusal to recognize the Act of Supremacy resulted in his execution on a charge of treason. In Utopia (1516) he set forth his concept of the ideal state. Feast day: June 22 or July 6
O tempora! O mores!
- oh the times! oh the customs!: an exclamation at the evil of them
- additional; furtherno more bananas
- (as pronoun; functioning as sing or plural)I can't take any more; more than expected
- more of to a greater extent or degreewe see more of Sue these days; more of a nuisance than it should be
- used to form the comparative of some adjectives and adverbsa more believable story; more quickly
- the comparative of much people listen to the radio more now
- additionally; againI'll look at it once more
- more or less
- as an estimate; approximately
- to an unspecified extent or degreethe party was ruined, more or less
- more so to a greater extent or degree
- neither more nor less than simply
- think more of to have a higher opinion of
- what is more moreover
Word Origin and History for mores
"customs," 1907, from Latin mores "customs, manners, morals" (see moral (adj.)).
Old English mara "greater, more, stronger, mightier," used as a comparative of micel "great" (see mickle), from Proto-Germanic *maizon- (cf. Old Saxon mera, Old Norse meiri, Old Frisian mara, Middle Dutch mere, Old High German mero, German mehr), from PIE *meis- (cf. Avestan mazja "greater," Old Irish mor "great," Welsh mawr "great," Greek -moros "great," Oscan mais "more"), from root *me- "big." Sometimes used as an adverb in Old English ("in addition"), but Old English generally used related ma "more" as adverb and noun. This became Middle English mo, but more in this sense began to predominate in later Middle English.
"Take some more tea," the March Hare said to Alice, very earnestly.
"I've had nothing yet," Alice replied in an offended tone, "so I can't take more."
"You mean you can't take less," said the Hatter: "it's very easy to take more than nothing."
More or less "in a greater or lesser degree" is from early 13c.; appended to a statement to indicate approximation, from 1580s.
The customs and manners of a social group or culture. Mores often serve as moral guidelines for acceptable behavior but are not necessarily religious or ethical.
Idioms and Phrases with mores
In addition to the idioms beginning with more
- more and more
- more bang for the buck
- more dead than alive
- more fun than a barrel of monkeys
- more in sorrow than in anger
- more often than not
- more or less
- more power to someone
- more sinned against than sinning
- more than meets the eye
- more than one bargained for
- more than one can shake a stick at
- more than one way to skin a cat
- more the merrier, the