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Part of speech: noun

Origin: Latin, mid 19th century


The characteristic spirit of a culture, era, or community as manifested in its beliefs and aspirations.

Examples of Ethos in a sentence

"The party wholeheartedly embraced the ethos of the 1970s, from bell bottoms to disco."

"The academy was founded on an ethos of self-improvement and hard work."

About Ethos

While ethos is Latin, its roots are in the Greek word “ēthos,” which means “nature, disposition.”

Did you Know?

Ethos, Logos, and Pathos are practical methods of persuasion, aka rhetorical appeals, originally taught by Aristotle. In this context, Ethos refers to credibility, Pathos means emotion, and Logos means logic. These are all things that can be used to make speech more persuasive.

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