ethos

[ ee-thos, ee-thohs, eth-os, -ohs ]
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noun
  1. 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.

  2. the character or disposition of a community, group, person, etc.

  1. the moral element in dramatic literature that determines a character's action rather than their thought or emotion.

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Origin of ethos

1
First recorded in 1850–55; from Latin ēthos “character, portrayal of character,” from Greek êthos “custom, habit, disposition character”

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ethos

/ (ˈiːθɒs) /


noun
  1. the distinctive character, spirit, and attitudes of a people, culture, era, etc: the revolutionary ethos

Origin of ethos

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C19: from Late Latin: habit, from Greek

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