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1. The accepted traditional customs and usages of a particular social group.
2. Moral attitudes.
3. Manners; ways.
[Latin mōrēs, pl. of mōs, custom; see mē-1 in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
Usage Note: Although educated 19th-century speakers of English would pronounce mores as (môr′ēz) according to the customary pronunciation of Latin in English-speaking countries at that time, 75 percent of the Usage Panel in 2005 found this same pronunciation unacceptable (although 5 percent actually preferred it). Nowadays, the accepted pronunciation is (môr′āz), with a long a as in days and a (z) sound at the end. It is incorrect to pronounce it as a single syllable (môrz), and the pronunciation ending with an (s) sound, which more closely resembles the way the Latin word was actually pronounced by the Romans, may sound pretentious.
(Sociology) sociol the customs and conventions embodying the fundamental values of a group or society
[C20: from Latin, plural of mōs custom]
mo•res(ˈmɔr eɪz, -iz, ˈmoʊr-)
folkways of central importance accepted without question and embodying the fundamental moral views of a social group.
[1905–10; < Latin mōres, pl. of mōs usage, custom]
mores, anomie - Mores is the Latin plural of mor/mos and means "acquired customs and manners"; social and moral conventions are mores, and the lack of these is anomie.
See also related terms for social.
The common ideas, conventions, or customs of a particular society or social group.
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|Noun||1.||mores - (sociology) the conventions that embody the fundamental values of a group|
normal, convention, rule, pattern, formula - something regarded as a normative example; "the convention of not naming the main character"; "violence is the rule not the exception"; "his formula for impressing visitors"
sociology - the study and classification of human societies