[ mawr-eyz, -eez, mohr- ]
/ ˈmɔr eɪz, -iz, ˈmoʊr- /
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plural noun Sociology.

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


customs, conventions, practices.



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Origin of mores

1905–10; <Latin mōres, plural of mōs usage, custom
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British Dictionary definitions for mores

/ (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
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Cultural 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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