[ee-thos, ee-thohs, eth-os, -ohs]


  •  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

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