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work ethic

n.
An ethical principle that places greatest value on hard work and diligence.

work ethic

n
(Philosophy) a belief in the moral value of work (often in the phrase Protestant work ethic)

work′ eth`ic


n.
a belief in the moral benefit and importance of work and its inherent ability to strengthen character.
[1950–55]
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She smiled her approval, for she shared with Billy his horror of debt, just as both shared it with that early tide of pioneers with a Puritan ethic, which had settled the West.
Instead it's a disappointment, an attempted grand statement that falls short on every level -- but of course it's still relevant, illustrating the hypocrisy behind white America's Puritan ethic.
The Puritan ethic, the idea that to find anything more enjoyable than contemplation and worship of a Supreme Being, was to insult that Being.
are designed to trace, by the use of fiction and dramatized history, the rise and fall of the Puritan ethic in New York and New England.
One of his major themes is that the Depression led to a loss of faith in the Puritan ethic of 'competitive individualism'; that the arts depict ascendancy in the thirties of 'a dream of community'.
The director said: "One would expect it, this is America, you know, and we have done this piece that flies in the face of traditional mores of the puritan ethic, but to me, it is real,"
If this wasn't bad enough, the fact is that Peter Robinson leads a political party based on a rigid Presbyterian dogma, where high morals and a puritan ethic are savoured.
Meanwhile, all across America, you can point to cities that built their economies around more traditional industries--cities that pursued the Puritan ethic of hard work, the production of tangible goods--only to suffer "manufacturing Katrinas" and "farming Katrinas.
Coolidge's psychological collapse, while inevitable, often appears preventable; in many ways, his own Puritan ethic precipitated his later mental devastation.
121) For Jackson-Lears, the new trend to point out consumer happiness reflected the therapeutic ethos America had developed liberating itself from the Puritan ethic of self-denial and embracing consumer culture.
Yet such a substitution appears at odds with the perception today of Sombart' s work as antisemitic and Weber' s work as favoring the Puritan ethic.
To discover the power of evangelical language, one must turn to Rhyss Isaac; for the complex interplay of increasing religious diversity, Patricia Bonomi; for the impact of the Puritan ethic on the Revolutionary generation, Edmund Morgan; for the subtle ways in which religion transformed social relations and was changed in turn by the all-consuming Southern desire to defend slavery, Christine Heyrman.