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Ethos Definition

One of the three modes of persuasion in rhetoric (along with Pathos and logos). Ethos is appeal based on the character of the speaker. An ethos-driven poem relies on the reputation of the author.

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Other Ethos Definition

[n] the distinctive spirit of a people or an era; "the Greek ethos"

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Misc. Definitions

\E"thos\, n. [L., fr. Gr. ? character. See {Ethic}.]
1. 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.
2. ([AE]sthetics) 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}.

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