Adjective "ethos" definition and examples

(Ethos may not be an adjective, but it can be used as an adjective, click here to find out.)



Definitions and examples


The characteristic spirit of a culture, era, or community as manifested in its attitudes and aspirations.
  1. 'The ethos is caring and ensures that everyone reaches their full potential.'
  2. 'Their ethos was that you had to treat the whole person, not just the cancer.'
  3. 'While success is born of a competitive spirit among pupils, that does not have to breed an uncaring ethos.'
  4. 'I was aware that the school had a culture of discipline and an ethos of personal improvement.'
  5. 'Charlton and their manager have created an ethos that has kept the club not just afloat but positively buoyant.'
  6. 'Much credit must go to the local community for the way they have embraced the ethos of community cohesion.'
  7. 'A Christian publishing house wants a Christian ethos to permeate its workforce.'
  8. 'Their projects are diverse, but the firms share a similar ethos.'
  9. 'Moving with the times is very much part of the ethos of the magazine, and of course we must practise what we preach.'
  10. 'We have an innovative approach and a different ethos - and we are getting repeat business.'

More definitions

1. Sociology. the fundamental character or spirit of a culture; the underlying sentiment that informs the beliefs, customs, or practices of a group or society; dominant assumptions of a people or period: In the Greek ethos the individual was highly valued.

2. the character or disposition of a community, group, person, etc.

3. the moral element in dramatic literature that determines a character's action rather than his or her thought or emotion.

More examples(as adjective)

"characteristics can be ethos."


Mid 19th century: from modern Latin, from Greek ēthos ‘nature, disposition’, (plural) ‘customs’.