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ethos (noun) the characteristics of a group or of an individual.

The habits, attitudes, ideas, beliefs etc., of a particular group of a society or an individual are the ethos of the group or of the person. The American ethos is the habits, attitudes, etc., that are special to the people of the US. Marxism is totally unacceptable to the American ethos; that is, American attitude is totally against Marxism; it is impossible for them to think of state ownership of resources.

  • At least in the distant past, divorce was totally unthinkable in the Indian ethos. Marriage meant a life long union and legal separation of the wife and the husband was totally a foreign notion.
  • Nuclear families are strange to the ethos of certain races in which even today the joint family system is the rule rather than the exception.
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