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Ethos vs. Mythos

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Ethosnoun

The character or fundamental values of a person, people, culture, or movement.

Mythosnoun

Anything transmitted by word of mouth, such as a fable, legend, narrative, story, or tale (especially a poetic tale).

Ethosnoun

(rhetoric) A form of rhetoric in which the writer or speaker invokes their authority, competence or expertise in an attempt to persuade others that their view is correct.

Mythosnoun

A story or set of stories relevant to or having a significant truth or meaning for a particular culture, religion, society, or other group; a myth, a mythology.

Ethosnoun

(aesthetics) The traits in a work of art which express the ideal or typic character, as influenced by the ethos (character or fundamental values) of a people, rather than realistic or emotional situations or individual character in a narrow sense; opposed to pathos.

Mythosnoun

(by extension) A set of assumptions or beliefs about something.

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Ethosnoun

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.

Mythosnoun

(literature) A recurring theme; a motif.

Ethosnoun

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.

Mythosnoun

a myth or mythology

‘the Arthurian mythos’;

Ethosnoun

(anthropology) the distinctive spirit of a culture or an era;

‘the Greek ethos’;

Mythosnoun

(in literature) a traditional or recurrent narrative theme or plot structure.

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Ethosnoun

the characteristic spirit of a culture, era, or community as manifested in its attitudes and aspirations

‘a challenge to the ethos of the 1960s’;

Mythosnoun

a set of beliefs or assumptions about something

‘the rhetoric and mythos of science create the comforting image of linear progression toward truth’;

Ethos

Ethos ( or US: ) is a Greek word meaning that is used to describe the guiding beliefs or ideals that characterize a community, nation, or ideology. The Greeks also used this word to refer to the power of music to influence emotions, behaviors, and even morals.

‘character’;

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