e|thos «EE thos», noun.
1. the characteristic spirit, as of a people or institution: »

the ethos of democracy.

2. the distinctive features of a particular culture or group.
3. (in ancient Greek aesthetics) an ideal or universal quality as distinguished from the subjective or emotional.
[< New Latin ethos < Greek êthos character, nature]

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