Definition of mores in US English:

mores

plural noun

  • The essential or characteristic customs and conventions of a community.

    ‘an offense against social mores’
    • ‘Democracy and schooling promoted egalitarian mores and well-nigh universal literacy.’
    • ‘The play explores the changing social and sexual mores of the three decades.’
    • ‘The professional army was in danger of separating itself from society, of developing its own mores and thus its own politics.’
    • ‘He is Canadian, but like most of us, he has ties elsewhere, with a different culture and social mores.’
    • ‘The film also makes us focus on our social mores as we watch the film's tribe.’
    • ‘Factors such as the liberality of the family and adherence to social mores influence reaction and tolerance.’
    • ‘This demonstrates that the institution of marriage itself is not remaining outdated but is changing with the mores of society.’
    • ‘These teens are the least rebellious of all the groups, conforming to the mores of local society.’
    • ‘Cultural mores emphasize learning by watching, not necessarily by explicit teaching.’
    • ‘For me, the Indian dress, food, wedding customs, and mores seemed close to home.’
    • ‘There are certain social mores that last no matter what the ideology of the current administration.’
    • ‘They adopt the mores and conventions of the society into which they are assimilating.’
    • ‘He is mostly concerned with the social mores of Harvard students and his own place in the campus culture.’
    • ‘Are social mores and attitudes towards sexual education changing adequately?’
    • ‘The Vikings left an indelible mark on the mores and traditions of Shetlanders as well as on their psyche.’
    • ‘Changes in family structures and social mores may affect attitudes toward violence.’
    • ‘Women have full access to education, and social mores and attitudes are changing gradually.’
    • ‘The criminal sanction operates then as a form of social control both punishing the offender and reasserting the mores of that society.’
    • ‘She adds to the interest of her subject by explaining mores and customs of the age.’
    • ‘The readers' actions would be governed by the social mores through which they are conditioned.’
    customs, conventions, ways, way of life, way of doing things, traditions, practices, custom and practice, procedures, habits, usages
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Origin

Late 19th century: from Latin, plural of mos, mor- ‘custom’.

Pronunciation

mores

/ˈmɔreɪz//ˈmôrāz/