Definition of moeurs in English:

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Pronunciation: /məː/

plural noun

The customs and conventions characteristic of a society or community: a genuine respect for the customs and moeurs of others
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  • Tocqueville's discussion of religious moeurs in the second volume of Democracy in America sets the stage for Gauchet's contention that the essential nature of modern European democracy is an endless dispute over legitimacy.
  • Quite apart from the acquisition of particular knowledge about history and the shifting of moeurs that students, at all levels, derive from steady intensive reading, students also acquire subtle cognitive habits which would otherwise be unavailable to them.
  • Now, this is a kind of 'tolerance' which wasn't really discussed by John Gray in his Two Faces of Liberalism, and it is a tolerance that is not only ethnocentric but has nothing at all to do with any genuine respect for the customs and moeurs of others.


Mid 19th century: French, from Latin mores (see mores).

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