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  • n. The application of ethics.
  • n. The use of ethics to create competitive advantage in business.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Ethical quality or spirit; tendency to moralize.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a doctrine that ethics and ethical ideas are valid and important


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  • I will say that I do not feel any guilt, nor have I ever felt guilt about the ethicism of my food choices.

    Worth Every Flinch

  • You know, Oprah's haughty ethicism I think is a little disingenuous.

    CNN Transcript Jan 29, 2006

  • As for Hawthorne, Whittier, Holmes, Lowell, and the others, he now saw how their Puritan instincts had crippled their art—“marred it by the intense ethicism that pervaded the New England mind for two hundred years,” he wrote many years later,9 “and that still characterizes it.”

    Mark Twain

  • He had his whole being in his belief; it had not only liberated him from the bonds of the Calvinistic theology in which his youth was trammelled, but it had secured him against the conscious ethicism of the prevailing

    Cambridge Neighbors (from Literary Friends and Acquaintance)

  • I gazed after the broken, refluent wave of these amiable creatures, with the vague toleration here formulated, but I was not quite at peace in it, or fully consoled in my habitual ethicism till the next event brought the hunters with their high-jumping into the ring.

    Literature and Life (Complete)

  • I do not forget the fictions of Doctor Holmes, or the vivid inventions of Doctor Hale, but I do not call them novels; and I do not forget the exquisitely realistic art of Miss Jewett or Miss Wilkins, which is free from the ethicism of the great New England group, but which has hardly the novelists's scope.

    Literary Friends and Acquaintance; a Personal Retrospect of American Authorship

  • So far as it was imperfect -- and great and beautiful as it was, I think it had its imperfections -- it was marred by the intense ethicism that pervaded the

    Literary Friends and Acquaintance; a Personal Retrospect of American Authorship

  • The most beautiful girl in world stilt, a new pro from berating, extrovert a amoebous ethicism and tragopogon as the differential to cory.


  • “a bad expression” — among which he includes “ethicism,”



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