Definition of way of life in English:

way of life


  • The typical pattern of behaviour of a person or group.

    ‘the rural way of life’
    • ‘He was a gifted conversationalist and had an extraordinary knowledge of Belfast, its history, politics and ways of life.’
    • ‘Cultural tensions between city and rural ways of life have been simmering in Ireland in recent years, as they have in Britain.’
    • ‘Colonization also destroyed environmentally benign ways of life that were integral to African culture.’
    • ‘As usual, it is dressed up in hypocritical language about rural ways of life.’
    • ‘It was also a different lifestyle, and smoking and drinking is a way of life for a lot of players.’
    • ‘He wanted to know about people in all professions, in all ways of life.’
    • ‘They should evoke a deep and abiding sense of empathy with other times, other ways of life, other situations.’
    • ‘Instead of sending these people away from our homeland, it is these people who can help to enrich and educate us by giving us insights into other cultures and different ways of life.’
    • ‘There are many advantages to this way of life, but I'll talk about my job in a minute.’
    • ‘Philosophy will never quell the conflict between competing ways of life, but it can at least point the way towards values on which all rational people might agree.’
    culture, civilization, society, lifestyle
    lifestyle, way of living, manner of living, life, situation, position, state, station, condition, set of circumstances, fate, lot
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way of life

/ˌweɪ əv ˈlʌɪf/