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ethos

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Definition the distinctive spirit of a culture or sub-culture as a result of underlying ideas, values, habits, and expectations
  • the Greek ethos
  • The organization encourages them to be proud of their rich heritage, culture, ethos, language and traditions.
  • The conservative sanctity of life ethos is appalled by the proposal.
  • Her termination is in keeping with the ethos at the company.
  • The Creek's don't-rat ethos withstood the test nicely, but when Maxx/Stan/Dr.
    John Green  --  Looking for Alaska
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • That's the Italian ethos.
    Mark Helprin  --  A Soldier of the Great War
  • The whole ethos of the road.
    Don DeLillo  --  White Noise
  • 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
  • The ethos of McDonaldland and of Disneyland, never far apart, have finally become one.
    Eric Schlosser  --  Fast Food Nation
  • 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 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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

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