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ethic (n.)

14世纪末, ethik "道德研究",来自古法语 etique "伦理学,道德哲学"(13世纪),来自晚期拉丁文 ethica ,来自希腊文 ēthike philosophia "道德哲学", ēthikos "伦理学,与性格有关"的女性,来自 ēthos "道德性格",与 ēthos "习俗"有关(见 ethos )。意思是"一个人或一个群体的道德原则",从1650年代开始得到印证。

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Definitions of ethic from WordNet

ethic (n.)
the principles of right and wrong that are accepted by an individual or a social group;
the Puritan ethic
Synonyms: moral principle / value-system / value orientation
ethic (n.)
a system of principles governing morality and acceptable conduct;
Synonyms: ethical code
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