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the Greek ethos
  the distinctive spirit of a culture or sub-culture as a result of underlying ideas, values, habits, and expectations
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  • the Greek ethos
  • The organization encourages them to be proud of their rich heritage, culture, ethos, language and traditions.
  • Her termination is in keeping with the ethos at the company.
  • The conservative sanctity of life ethos is appalled by the proposal.

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  • Even though she’d attended every party, formal, and mandatory meeting, she couldn’t buy into the whole "sisterhood will change your life" ethos, nor did she believe that "being a Chi Omega will bestow lifelong benefits."
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Longest Ride
  • There was less bulimia and more fights than I had known as an undergrad, but the same feminine ethos was present—empathetic camaraderie and bawdy humor on good days, and histrionic dramas coupled with meddling, malicious gossip on bad days.
    Piper Kerman  --  Orange Is the New Black
  • The infirmary was of course a model of hygiene and efficiency, which I was most willing to maintain for him, despite his sometimes searing criticisms in this very room (and in front of others), which were aimed not at my specific conduct but at the legacies of my "training" and "background"—the ultimate question being of my ethos, as it were, a term (from his brief university schooling in England) that he seemed to employ often, for my edification.
    Chang-rae Lee  --  A Gesture Life
  • We would of course have to get married, once established in Virginia; the ethos of the time and place would certainly permit no casual cohabitation.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • This is also where you first understand the concept of a swim buddy, which in SEAL ethos is an absolutely gigantic deal.
    Marcus Luttrell  --  Lone Survivor
  • Neither could do without or do with the other; yet the constrictions of conscience and society, morality and ethos dictated a separation.
    Maya Angelou  --  I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

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  • They picked up on the particular egalitarian ethos of the community, which discouraged the wealthy from flaunting their success and helped the unsuccessful obscure their failures.
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  Outliers
  • The most respected men, in accordance with the ethos that had evolved on San Piedro, pursued no one and cultivated radio silence.
    David Guterson  --  Snow Falling on Cedars
  • Zayd is the embodiment of an ethos that, more than anything, defines merit around this campus and many elite institutions like it: constant, fearless, rigorous experimentation-both social and intellectual.
    Ron Suskind  --  A Hope in the Unseen
  • In the case of the Hutterites, people who are willing to go along with the group, who can be easily infected with the community ethos below the level of 150, somehow, suddenly — with just the smallest change in the size of the community — become divided and alienated.
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  The Tipping Point
  • The whole ethos of the road.
    Don DeLillo  --  White Noise
  • Both laws epitomized the ethos of the Nationalist government, which pretended to preserve what they were attempting to destroy.
    Nelson Mandela  --  Long Walk to Freedom
  • The ethos of McDonaldland and of Disneyland, never far apart, have finally become one.
    Eric Schlosser  --  Fast Food Nation
  • The Creek’s don’t-rat ethos withstood the test nicely, but when Maxx/Stan/Dr.
    John Green  --  Looking for Alaska
  • That’s the Italian ethos.
    Mark Helprin  --  A Soldier of the Great War
  • Young men in such countries grow up in an all-male environment, in a testosterone-saturated world that has the ethos of a high school boys’ locker room.
    Nicholas D. Kristof  --  Half the Sky
  • At this point, we do not really understand their ethos or their particular ways of viewing life.
    Roger Zelazny  --  My Name is Legion
  • Both men symbolized all that stood in the way of Sullivan’s own emerging ethos that a building’s function should express itself in its design—not merely that form should follow function but that "the function created or organized its form."
    Erik Larson  --  The Devil in the White City
  • The ethos of the assembly line remains at its core.
    Eric Schlosser  --  Fast Food Nation
  • I now understand that SEAL ethos-every officer, commissioned or noncommissioned, must know the whereabouts of every single one of his men.
    Marcus Luttrell  --  Lone Survivor
  • What followed was probably the most stern lecture in SEAL ethos and ethics I’ve ever attended.
    Marcus Luttrell  --  Lone Survivor
  • And it’s certainly not the German ethos.
    Mark Helprin  --  A Soldier of the Great War
  • But considering an acoustical daydream in this light, as a musical variety of ludus, I wonder if it might not indeed promote a certain ethos and foster a particular way of enjoying things?
    Roger Zelazny  --  My Name is Legion
  • I didn’t realize it, but I had really been raised to follow the ethos of Stoicism—the Greco-Roman answer to Zen.
    Piper Kerman  --  Orange Is the New Black
  • "Schoenthal is one hundred percent right, it is pure sentimental rubbish embedded in the Judeo-Christian ethos that makes suicide morally wrong, after the Third Reich suicide should become the legitimate option of any sane human being on earth, isn’t that right, Irma?"
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • Gore has managed to create a small-company ethos so infectious and sticky that it has survived their growth into a billion-dollar company with thousands of employees.
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  The Tipping Point
  • Music was placed in this category, and Aristotle speculated in his Politics as to the profit to be derived from it, finally conceding that music might conduce to virtue by making the body fit, promoting a certain ethos, and enabling us to enjoy things in me proper way, whatever that means.
    Roger Zelazny  --  My Name is Legion
  • The ethos of the North British borders came to dominate this "dark and bloody ground," partly by force of numbers, but mainly because it was a means of survival in a raw and dangerous world* The triumph of a culture of honor helps to explain why the pattern of criminality in the American South has always been so distinctive.
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  Outliers
  • It’s not the English ethos," she said.
    Mark Helprin  --  A Soldier of the Great War
  • Why are these suburban-Atlanta kids acting out the ethos of the frontier?"* * Cohen has done other experiments looking again for evidence of "southernness," and each time he finds the same thing.
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  Outliers
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