ethos definition

  • noun:
    • The disposition, character, or fundamental values distinct to a particular individual, folks, culture, or movement: "They cultivated a subversive option ethos” ( Anthony Burgess).
    • the type or fundamental values of an individual, people, culture, or movement.
    • the type, sentiment, or personality of a community or folks, considered as a natural endowment; the spirit which actuates ways and customs; also, the characteristic tone or wizard of an institution or social organization.
    • The qualities in a work of art which express the perfect or typic personality -- character as influenced by the ethos (feeling 1) of a people -- as opposed to practical or emotional circumstances or individual personality in a narrow good sense; -- in opposition to pathos.
    • Habitual character and disposition.
    • particularly when you look at the Gr. fine arts, etc., the inherent top-notch a-work which creates, or perhaps is fitted to create, increased ethical impression, noble, dignified, and universal, unlike a work characterized by pathos, or even the particular, accidental, passionate, practical quality.
    • (anthropology) the unique spirit of a culture or a period

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