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Origin of ethos
Words nearby ethos
What does ethos mean?
The ethos of a culture or society is its collective spirit or character—the fundamental or underlying beliefs and attitudes that influence its customs and practices.
Things sometimes said to have an ethos include countries (the American ethos of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness), cultures and subcultures (the punk ethos), and eras in time (the counterculture ethos of the ’60s).
The word can also refer collectively to such beliefs and attitudes in a person.
The term ethos is also used as the name of a particular method of persuasion in which a person relies on their credibility or character when making an appeal or an argument. In this context, it is often discussed alongside logos (an appeal to logic) and pathos (an appeal to emotion).
Example: Our company ethos is based on creating a space where people of all backgrounds feel welcome and valued in the workplace.
Where does ethos come from?
The first records of the word ethos to mean the collective character of a society or culture come from the mid-1800s. It comes from a Greek word meaning “custom,” “habit,” or “character.” The word ethic, referring to a body of principles and values, is based on the same root.
Something’s ethos is its character or general attitude—what it’s all about. A country’s national ethos involves its core values and is the driving force behind its culture. The ethos behind what’s called the “American Dream” is the notion that any American who works hard can achieve success.
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How is ethos used in real life?
Ethos is especially used in the context of societies, countries, and cultures.
The American ethos of rugged individualism seems to be in conflict with empathy, especially in times of extreme polarization. Wonder if any political psychologists or sociologists have ever studied this?
— Bill Bua (@billlaurelmd) August 23, 2020
On #NationalVotersDay, I urge all citizens to celebrate the ethos of democracy. Exercise your right & vote to strengthen our great nation.
— Sarbananda Sonowal (@sarbanandsonwal) January 25, 2017
I'm the daughter of an immigrant so working hard is what I was raised to believe. Therapy the last few months has highlighted how my father living with survival at the core had become my ethos, too—despite me having the privilege to prioritize rest & self-care. #blkcreatives
— Nneka M. Okona 🇳🇬 (@afrosypaella) August 26, 2020
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Is ethos used correctly in the following sentence?
This way of doing business goes against my entire ethos.
Example sentences from the Web for ethos
Her move also broke with the “own the libs” ethos of today’s GOP.What Does Impeachment And The Division Over Marjorie Taylor Greene And Liz Cheney Tell Us About The GOP?|Sarah Frostenson (firstname.lastname@example.org)|February 3, 2021|FiveThirtyEight
It has fueled the “eat the rich” ethos behind the GameStop frenzy.‘Anonymous’ fintech startup Millions raises $3 million, gives away cash on Twitter|Sarah Perez|February 2, 2021|TechCrunch
This spirited, trial-and-error ethos courses through New York University’s theatrical production wing, which has been holding live performances since last October.A careful return to live theater is coming down to costume design|Anne Quito|February 2, 2021|Quartz
The company did just hire a CFO, which makes this move appear in concert with its general ethos, so more to come there we presume.How trading apps are responding to the GameStop fustercluck|Alex Wilhelm|January 27, 2021|TechCrunch
On the mainland, the pandemic has inspired projects guided by the doughnut’s ethos.
When Cocker took on board the black American ethos, he turned it into something completely different.The Greatest Rock Voice of All Time Belonged to Joe Cocker|Ted Gioia|December 23, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The best, or at least most successful, are bridging the gap between punk-rock DIY ethos and social-media savvy.On Tour With The Head and the Heart, Indie Rock’s Next Big Thing|James Joiner|December 17, 2014|DAILY BEAST
But very little of the ISIS ethos has to do with hitting the Freedom Tower or the Capitol Dome.Iraq Is Not Our War Anymore. Let It Be Iran’s Problem.|Christopher Dickey|July 17, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The emphasis on freshness and simplicity laid forth by the governmental guidelines is in line with his cooking ethos.Meet the Chef Fighting to Ensure That Brazilians Will Never Be as Fat as Americans|Brandon Presser|June 25, 2014|DAILY BEAST
More importantly, the evangelistic ethos is supposed to infuse everyday life.Did the Southern Baptist ‘Conservative Resurgence’ Fail?|Molly Worthen|June 1, 2014|DAILY BEAST
For in the view of those who distinguish harmonia from tonos it is the harmonia upon which the ethos of music depends.
These moveable notes, then, give an ethos to the music because they determine the genus of the scale.
"Ethics" were things which pertained to the ethos and therefore the things which were the37 standard of right.
By virtue of the latter element the mores are traits in the specific character (ethos) of a society or a period.
In the war with Russia, in 1904, this people showed what a group is capable of when it has a strong ethos.