ethos ethos  /ˈi θɑs/


  • (n) (anthropology) the distinctive spirit of a culture or an era


  1. The ethos is his moral character, the source of his ability to persuade.
  2. Despite the silence, the locals feel that, by itself, Obama's brief 22-hour visit spoke volumes and more importantly reflected the islands' ethos and culture.
  3. He did a deeply American thing: he took a bohemian subculture and infused it with the hard edged, competitive ethos of capitalism.


  1. Stile: Infighting tears at N.J. Democrats

    Some partisans worry that party infighting, and an everyone-for-themselves ethos, will improve Governor Christie’s chances for a landslide win on Nov. 5 and boost his prospects for the presidency in 2016 — while showing just how discombobulated the Dem­ocrats have become in a traditionally blue state.
    on June 13, 2013     Source: The Record

  2. Apple's moving 9-minute ad about apps changing lives

    Apple, not content with just one ad that tries to explain its ethos, now releases a longer movie about how its apps transform societies. Originally posted at Technically Incorrect
    on June 13, 2013     Source: CNET

  3. Ethos mitigating risk worldwide

    ST. PETERSBURG, Fla., June 10, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- With the completion of a brand protection investigation in Argentina last week, Ethos Risk Services notched a significant milestone in the company's ...
    on June 10, 2013     Source: PR Newswire via Yahoo! Finance


  1. "I guess part of my job as captain was to keep the same kind of team ethos," said Collingwood. "Straussy hasn't been involved, so my job was to keep the togetherness, and to back each other up as players. We've continued to do that, and we've...
    on Jun 15, 2009 By: Paul Collingwood Source:

  2. A delighted McLeish said: "It was more important for me. The whole Birmingham City ethos, the fans, the players, everybody associated with the club, it was very important for us. It was good. I am pleased for the owners, I am pleased for Carson...
    on Oct 24, 2009 By: Alex McLeish Source: ESPN

  3. Olmert said Israelis will have to led go of some of the beliefs that "fed the national ethos for many years," a reference to giving up West Bank land.
    on Oct 7, 2007 By: Ehud Olmert Source: International Herald Tribune

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