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Protestant ethic

noun
  1. work ethic.
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Origin of Protestant ethic

First recorded in 1925–30
Also called Protestant work ethic.
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protestant work ethic in Culture

Protestant work ethic

A view of life that promotes hard work and self-discipline as a means to material prosperity. It is called Protestant because some Protestant groups believe that such prosperity is a sign of God's grace.

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