Ethos 1. The character, sentiment, or disposition of a community or people, considered as a natural endowment 2.

The spirit which actuates manners and customs. 3. Also the characteristic tone or genius of an institution or social organization.

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1. The traits in a work of art which expressed the ideal or typic character – character as influenced by the ethos of a people – rather than realistic or emotional situations or individual characters in a narrow sense – opposed to pathos. ---------------------

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