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The disposition, character, or fundamental values peculiar to a specific person, people, culture, or movement: "They cultivated a subversive alternative ethos" (Anthony Burgess).
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(Sociology) the distinctive character, spirit, and attitudes of a people, culture, era, etc: the revolutionary ethos.
[C19: from Late Latin: habit, from Greek]
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e•thos(ˈi θɒs, ˈi θoʊs, ˈɛθ ɒs, -oʊs)
1. the fundamental character or spirit of a culture; the underlying sentiment that informs the beliefs, customs, or practices of a group or society.
2. the distinguishing character or disposition of a community, group, person, etc.
3. the moral element in dramatic literature that determines a character's action or behavior.
[1850–55; < Greek: custom, habit, character]
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|Noun||1.||ethos - (anthropology) the distinctive spirit of a culture or an era; "the Greek ethos"|
attribute - an abstraction belonging to or characteristic of an entity
anthropology - the social science that studies the origins and social relationships of human beings
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noun spirit, character, attitude, beliefs, ethic, tenor, disposition the whole British public school ethos
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