[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