[ mawr-eyz, -eez, mohr- ]
/ ˈmɔr eɪz, -iz, ˈmoʊr- /

plural noun Sociology.

folkways of central importance accepted without question and embodying the fundamental moral views of a group.

Origin of mores

1905–10; < Latin mōres, plural of mōs usage, custom


customs, conventions, practices.

Definition for mores (2 of 5)


[ mawr, mohr ]
/ mɔr, moʊr /

adjective, compar. of much or many with most as superl.

in greater quantity, amount, measure, degree, or number: I need more money.
additional or further: Do you need more time? More discussion seems pointless.


adverb compar. of much with most as superl.

Origin of more

before 900; Middle English; Old English māra; cognate with Old High German mēro, Old Norse meiri, Gothic maiza. See most

Related forms

more·ness, noun

Can be confused

moor more

Definition for mores (3 of 5)


[ mawr, mohr ]
/ mɔr, moʊr /


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.

Definition for mores (4 of 5)


[ muh-rey ]
/ məˈreɪ /


Definition for mores (5 of 5)

O tempora! O mores!

[ oh tem-poh-rah oh moh-reys; English oh tem-per-uh oh mawr-eez, mohr- ]
/ oʊ ˈtɛm poʊˌrɑ oʊ ˈmoʊ reɪs; English oʊ ˈtɛm pər ə oʊ ˈmɔr iz, ˈmoʊr- /


O times! O customs! Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for mores (1 of 4)


/ (ˈmɔːreɪz) /

pl n

sociol the customs and conventions embodying the fundamental values of a group or society

Word Origin for mores

C20: from Latin, plural of mōs custom

British Dictionary definitions for mores (2 of 4)


/ (mɔː) /


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

British Dictionary definitions for mores (3 of 4)

O tempora! O mores!

/ Latin (əʊ ˈtɛmpɔːrɑː əʊ ˈmɔːreɪz) /

sentence substitute

oh the times! oh the customs!: an exclamation at the evil of them

Word Origin for O tempora! O mores!

from Cicero's oration In Catilinam

British Dictionary definitions for mores (4 of 4)


/ (mɔː) /



Word Origin for more

Old English māra; compare Old Saxon, Old High German mēro, Gothic maiza. See also most


See most
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Culture definitions for mores


[ (mawr-ayz, mawr-eez) ]

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.

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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

also see:

  • bite off more than one can chew
  • irons in the fire, more than one
  • wear another (more than one) hat
  • what is more
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