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ethos


  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Ethos  \E"thos\,  n.  [L.,  fr  Gr  ?  character.  See  {Ethic}.] 
  1.  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. 
 
  2.  ([AE]sthetics)  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  {pathos}. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  ethos 
  n  :  the  distinctive  spirit  of  a  people  or  an  era;  "the  Greek 
  ethos" 




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