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[ee-thos, ee-thohs, eth-os, -ohs] /ˈi θɒs, ˈi θoʊs, ˈɛθ ɒs, -oʊs/

Sociology. the fundamental character or spirit of a culture; the underlying sentiment that informs the beliefs, customs, or practices of a group or society; dominant assumptions of a people or period:
In the Greek ethos the individual was highly valued.
the character or disposition of a community, group, person, etc.
the moral element in dramatic literature that determines a character’s action rather than his or her thought or emotion.
the distinctive character, spirit, and attitudes of a people, culture, era, etc: the revolutionary ethos

revived by Palgrave in 1851 from Greek ethos “moral character, nature, disposition, habit, custom,” from suffixed form of PIE root *s(w)e- (see idiom). An important concept in Aristotle (e.g. “Rhetoric” II xii-xiv).


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