ethos

[ ee-thos, ee-thohs, eth-os, -ohs ]
/ ˈi θɒs, ˈi θoʊs, ˈɛθ ɒs, -oʊs /

noun

Sociology. the fundamental character or spirit of a culture; the underlying sentiment that informs the beliefs, customs, or practices of a group or society; dominant assumptions of a people or period: In the Greek ethos the individual was highly valued.
the character or disposition of a community, group, person, etc.
the moral element in dramatic literature that determines a character's action rather than his or her thought or emotion.

Origin of ethos

1850–55; < Greek: custom, habit, character
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ethos

/ (ˈiːθɒs) /

noun

the distinctive character, spirit, and attitudes of a people, culture, era, etcthe revolutionary ethos

Word Origin for ethos

C19: from Late Latin: habit, from Greek
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