work ethic


noun

a belief in the moral benefit and importance of work and its inherent ability to strengthen character.

Nearby words

  1. wore-out,
  2. work,
  3. work back,
  4. work both sides of the street,
  5. work camp,
  6. work expands to fill the time available for its completion,
  7. work farm,
  8. work force,
  9. work function,
  10. work in

Origin of work ethic

First recorded in 1950–55

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British Dictionary definitions for work ethic

work ethic

noun

a belief in the moral value of work (often in the phrase Protestant work ethic)
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