Definition of ethos in English:


Syllabification: e·thos
Pronunciation: /ˈēTHäs


  • The characteristic spirit of a culture, era, or community as manifested in its beliefs and aspirations: a challenge to the ethos of the 1960s
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    • And the real thing is that the whole ethos, culture and drive of the company now is to put that right.
    • Much credit must go to the local community for the way they have embraced the ethos of community cohesion.
    • I was aware that the school had a culture of discipline and an ethos of personal improvement.
    spirit, character, atmosphere, climate, mood, feeling, tenor, essence; disposition, rationale, morality, moral code, value system, principles, standards, ethics


mid 19th century: from modern Latin, from Greek ēthos 'nature, disposition', (plural) 'customs'.

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