ethos BrE [ˈiːθɒs] NAmE [ˈiːθɑːs] noun singular (formal)
the moral ideas and attitudes that belong to a particular group or society
• an ethos of public service
• the carefree Californian ethos
[ethos] mid 19th cent.: from modern Latin, from Greek ēthos ‘nature, disposition’, (plural) ‘customs’.
• Investing in arms companies is strongly against the group's ethos.
• The prevailing ethos of the teachers was that of strict discipline.
• They tried to develop an ethos of public service.
Webster's 1913 Dictionary:
|n.||1.||The character, sentiment, or disposition of a community or people, considered as a natural endowment; the spirit which actuates manners and customs; also, the characteristic tone or genius of an institution or social organization.|
|2.||(Æsthetics) The traits in a work of art which express the ideal or typic character - character as influenced by the ethos (sense 1) of a people - rather than realistic or emotional situations or individual character in a narrow sense; - opposed to pathos.|
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