[mawr-eyz, -eez, mohr-]

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

Synonyms for mores

customs, conventions, practices.


[mawr, mohr]

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.


an additional quantity, amount, or number: I would give you more if I had it. He likes her all the more. When I could take no more of such nonsense, I left.
a greater quantity, amount, or degree: More is expected of him. The price is more than I thought.
something of greater importance: His report is more than a survey.
(used with a plural verb) a greater number of a class specified, or the greater number of persons: More will attend this year than ever before.

adverb compar. of much with most as superl.

in or to a greater extent or degree (in this sense often used before adjectives and adverbs, and regularly before those of more than two syllables, to form comparative phrases having the same force and effect as the comparative degree formed by the termination -er): more interesting; more slowly.
in addition; further; longer; again: Let's talk more another time. We couldn't stand it any more.

Origin of more

before 900; Middle English; Old English māra; cognate with Old High German mēro, Old Norse meiri, Gothic maiza. See most
Related formsmore·ness, noun
Can be confusedmoor more


[mawr, mohr]


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.




O tempora! O mores!

[oh tem-poh-rah oh moh-reys; English oh tem-per-uh oh mawr-eez, mohr-]


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

Examples from the Web for mores

Contemporary Examples of mores

Historical Examples of mores

  • Philosophers do not wholly detach themselves from the mores of their race.

  • There are three things at least, as regards our mores that cannot be accomplished.

  • Nothing can ever change them but the unconscious and imperceptible movement of the mores.


    William Graham Sumner

  • No less remarkable than the persistency of the mores is their changeableness and variation.


    William Graham Sumner

  • It is against our mores that ecclesiastics should interfere with those interests.


    William Graham Sumner

British Dictionary definitions for mores


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



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

O tempora! O mores!

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



  1. the comparative of much, many more joy than you know; more pork sausages
  2. (as pronoun; functioning as sing or plural)he has more than she has; even more are dying every day
  1. additional; furtherno more bananas
  2. (as pronoun; functioning as sing or plural)I can't take any more; more than expected
more of to a greater extent or degreewe see more of Sue these days; more of a nuisance than it should be


used to form the comparative of some adjectives and adverbsa more believable story; more quickly
the comparative of much people listen to the radio more now
additionally; againI'll look at it once more
more or less
  1. as an estimate; approximately
  2. to an unspecified extent or degreethe party was ruined, more or less
more so to a greater extent or degree
neither more nor less than simply
think more of to have a higher opinion of
what is more moreover

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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Word Origin and History for mores

"customs," 1907, from Latin mores "customs, manners, morals" (see moral (adj.)).



Old English mara "greater, more, stronger, mightier," used as a comparative of micel "great" (see mickle), from Proto-Germanic *maizon- (cf. Old Saxon mera, Old Norse meiri, Old Frisian mara, Middle Dutch mere, Old High German mero, German mehr), from PIE *meis- (cf. Avestan mazja "greater," Old Irish mor "great," Welsh mawr "great," Greek -moros "great," Oscan mais "more"), from root *me- "big." Sometimes used as an adverb in Old English ("in addition"), but Old English generally used related ma "more" as adverb and noun. This became Middle English mo, but more in this sense began to predominate in later Middle English.

"Take some more tea," the March Hare said to Alice, very earnestly.

"I've had nothing yet," Alice replied in an offended tone, "so I can't take more."

"You mean you can't take less," said the Hatter: "it's very easy to take more than nothing."

More or less "in a greater or lesser degree" is from early 13c.; appended to a statement to indicate approximation, from 1580s.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

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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