Definitions for ethosˈi θɒs, ˈi θoʊs, ˈɛθ ɒs, -oʊs

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

e•thosˈi θɒs, ˈi θoʊs, ˈɛθ ɒs, -oʊs(n.)

  1. the fundamental character or spirit of a culture; the underlying sentiment that informs the beliefs, customs, or practices of a group or society.

    Category: Sociology

  2. the distinguishing character or disposition of a community, group, person, etc.

    Category: Sociology

  3. the moral element in dramatic literature that determines a character's action or behavior.

    Category: Literature

Origin of ethos:

1850–55; < Gk: custom, habit, character

Princeton's WordNet

  1. ethos(noun)

    (anthropology) the distinctive spirit of a culture or an era

    "the Greek ethos"

Wiktionary

  1. ethos(Noun)

    The character or fundamental values of a person, people, culture, or movement.

  2. Origin: From ἦθος.

Freebase

  1. Ethos

    Ethos is a Greek word meaning "character" that is used to describe the guiding beliefs or ideals that characterize a community, nation, or ideology. The Greeks also used this word to refer to the power of music to influence its hearer's emotions, behaviors, and even morals. Early Greek stories of Orpheus exhibit this idea in a compelling way. The word's use in rhetoric is closely based on the Greek terminology used by Aristotle in his concept of the three artistic proofs.

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