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moeurs Line breaks: moeurs

Definition of moeurs in English:

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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  • His first year at the helm was an unprecedented success that resulted in three long-running hits—Gurney's examination of WASP moeurs, ‘The Dining Room’, Durang's scathing ‘Sister Mary Ignatius Explains It All for You’ and Jonathan Reynolds's satire of Hollywood egomania, ‘Geniuses’.
  • Alexis de Tocqueville's two-volume study De la democratie en Amerique, published in 1835 and 1840, made no mention of balloting procedures, despite providing an otherwise comprehensive examination of American political culture and the moeurs that sustained it.
  • Leroy-Beaulieu placed an emphasis on informal means of colonization, defining the latter concept as 'the subjection of the universe or a vast part of it to [a nation's] language, moeurs, ideas, and laws'.


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

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