- The characteristic spirit of a culture, era, or community as manifested in its attitudes and aspirations: a challenge to the ethos of the 1960sMore example sentences
spirit, character, atmosphere, climate, prevailing tendency, mood, feeling, temper, tenor, flavour, essence, quintessence; animating principle, dominating characteristic, motivating force, disposition, rationale, code, morality, moral code, attitudes, beliefs, principles, standards, ethics
- 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.
mid 19th century: from modern Latin, from Greek ēthos 'nature, disposition', (plural) 'customs'.