ethos

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n ethos (anthropology) the distinctive spirit of a culture or an era "the Greek ethos"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Ethos 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.
    • Ethos (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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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n ethos Habitual character and disposition.
    • n ethos Specifically In the Gr. fine arts, etc., the inherent quality of a work which produces, or is fitted to produce, a high moral impression, noble, dignified, and universal, as opposed to a work characterized by pathos, or the particular, accidental, passionate, realistic quality.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Ethos habitual character and disposition: the quality of a work of art which produces a high moral impression
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L., fr. Gr. character. See Ethic
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Gr. ēthos, custom, logia, a discourse.

Usage

In literature:

The West Indians had an ethos which stressed saving, education, and hard work.
"The Black Experience in America" by Norman Coombs
During the long heyday of Ma Bell, the Bell employee corps were nurtured top-to-bottom on a corporate ethos of public service.
"Hacker Crackdown" by Bruce Sterling
What each nation stands for, its ethos, its personality, must be made clear.
"The Psychology of Nations" by G.E. Partridge
Hindoo ethos.+ The Hindoos, again, have a strongly marked ethos.
"Folkways" by William Graham Sumner
The ethos and training of Iraqi police forces must support the mission to "protect and serve" all Iraqis.
"The Iraq Study Group Report" by United States Institute for Peace
And this plot, giving by its nature a certain picture of human experience, involves and suggests the ethos of its actors.
"The Sense of Beauty" by George Santayana
The ethos of the two systems is the same, and the doctrinal resemblance is marked.
"Monophysitism Past and Present" by A. A. Luce
Ethos means the guiding beliefs, standards or ideals that characterize a group or community.
"The Ethical Engineer" by Henry Maxwell Dempsey
He is simply not in one's ethos, don't you know.
"The Sailor" by J. C. Snaith
The entire ethos of our oral diction not less than our literature has been revolutionized by science.
"Social Transformations of the Victorian Age" by T. H. S. (Thomas Hay Sweet) Escott
The three which he recognized had each a marked ethos.
"The Modes of Ancient Greek Music" by David Binning Monro
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In news:

Ethos Vegan Kitchen's Pumpkin Seed Pesto Penne Pasta.
You can experience not only this ethos but also the wonderful ' pillaging ' in his new play Orestes 3.0:Inferno, receiving its world premiere at City Garage.
Anthony Byrnes on Chuck Mee's ethos, his making project, and the wonderful ' pillaging ' in his 'Orestes 3.0:Inferno,' a world premiere at City Garage.
In many ways, Sarah Palin mirrors the ethos of the gun-rights movement she promotes: never back down.
That colorful past informs the working class ethos you find on his first five studio albums.
Sincerity , Not Irony, Is Our Age's Ethos.
Strayed 's go-it-your-own ethos and irreverent style make her a recession-era correction to Elizabeth Gilbert-style indulgence.
The result is a car that stays true to the 911 ethos in terms of the overall shape and elegantly simple design of the iconic rear-engine sports car.
That's how Sproutz menu and website describe their ethos.
William Gladstone , Richard Greninger, and John Selby, Sterling/Ethos, $17.95 (208p) ISBN 978-1-4027-7883-4.
Vanquish is the ultimate expression of Aston Martin design ethos, engineering innovation and technical ability,¿ Ulrich Bez, Aston Martin chief said in a statement.
Veering away from Hollywood and onto an academic track that fit with her family's ethos.
With Baby Jesus's birthday night upon us, now is the time to reflect upon the true foundation of our Judeo-Christian ethos.
But they do little to challenge the consumerist ethos.
The new face of spiritual feminism and its justice-making ethos can be glimpsed in social media in act...
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In science:

This is a preprint of an article accepted for publication in Apostel, Shawn; Folk, Moe (eds.): Online Credibility and Digital Ethos: Evaluating Computer-Mediated Communication.
Credibility in Web Search Engines
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