from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The disposition, character, or fundamental values peculiar to a specific person, people, culture, or movement: "They cultivated a subversive alternative ethos” ( Anthony Burgess).
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The character or fundamental values of a person, people, culture, or movement.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The character, sentiment, or disposition of a community or people, considered as a natural endowment; the spirit which actuates manners and customs; also, the characteristic tone or genius of an institution or social organization.
- n. The traits in a work of art which express the ideal or typic character -- character as influenced by the ethos (sense 1) of a people -- rather than realistic or emotional situations or individual character in a narrow sense; -- opposed to
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Habitual character and disposition.
- n. Specifically In the Gr. fine arts, etc., the inherent quality of a work which produces, or is fitted to produce, a high moral impression, noble, dignified, and universal, as opposed to a work characterized by pathos, or the particular, accidental, passionate, realistic quality.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. (anthropology) the distinctive spirit of a culture or an era
Greek ēthos, character; see s(w)e- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Ancient Greek ἦθος (ēthos, "custom, habit"). (Wiktionary)