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work ethic

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

n
(Philosophy) a belief in the moral value of work (often in the phrase Protestant work ethic)
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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.
So was born the oft-lauded and appropriately maligned Puritan ethic. Life among them might have seemed less like an age of liberal enlightenment and more like The Handmaid's Tale.
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. Gardner packs off Nicky to military school for his own good, to learn "discipline" (when in fact he just wants to be rid of him), just as the suburbanites say the "Negroes" have to "better themselves" before integration can happen (when in fact they just don't want them).
(37) Such 'qualities' as were incongruous with the Puritan ethic: opulence, individuality or mobility, were easily accepted by other capitalists.
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." As any church that's found financial salvation through bingo knows, God works in mysterious ways.
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.