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work ethic

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

First recorded in 1950–55
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work ethic

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