Latin terms for social norms, customs ,

virtue, or values. 
Derive from the establish practices of a

society rather than its written laws. 
Consist of shared understanding about

the kind of behavior likely to evoke approval, disapproval, toleration or sanction within the particular context.

Morality comes from the same root, as

does the nouns moral. 

However, mores does not. As is commonly

supposed necessarily carry connotations of morality. 

Morality can be seen as a subset of mores,

held to be of central importance in view of their content. code. 

Often formalized in the some kind of moral

Equivalent to Latin mores is ethos.  As with the relation of mores to morality,

ethos is the basic of the term ethics. 
But does not itself carry connotations

of morality as much of customary proper behavior peculiar to a given society.

Germanic (Dutch) 
Equivalent of the term is

sidu ± Gothic (sidus ), Old English (sidu, seodu, siodu), Old High German ( situ, sito) 
The word are extinct in

modern English but survives in modern Scandinavian and Continental Germanic Languages.


19th century children·s book informs its readers that the Dutch are very industrious race, and the Chinese children are very obedient to their parents.


These terms extend to all customs of

proper behavior in a given society, both religious and profane from more trivial conventional aspect of costume, etiquette or politeness. 
Behavior that is unthinkable within the

society in questions. 

Universally including incest and murder but also

the commitment of outrages specific to the individual society. 
Religious or sacral customs maybe

unpredictable and vary completely from one culture to another.

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