Definition of work ethic in English:

work ethic


  • The principle that hard work is intrinsically virtuous or worthy of reward.

    • ‘His only real fault was that his work ethic was so high and he worked so hard, that it could eventually have been detrimental.’
    • ‘We are more mature, we have a better work ethic and we are more experienced.’
    • ‘The only work ethic that works is listening to you heart as much as possible.’
    • ‘Your journal may steal an hour but your work ethic is inspirational.’
    • ‘He's aced parts of the army physical fitness test and was admired by his superiors for his work ethic.’
    • ‘Skill now must be allied with a hard work ethic and toughness, or a place on the bench or in the stand awaits.’
    • ‘Central to O'Connell's vast popularity is his work ethic, which has been a part of him since childhood.’
    • ‘When next year came, the promised work ethic didn't, and he decided to leave university.’
    • ‘I came from the private sector, it took me quite a while to adjust to the work ethic and practice and style in the public sector.’
    • ‘The band credits the formation of their work ethic to their first recording experience.’
    • ‘This work ethic was put to the test when she reached 16 and her father died.’
    • ‘The reward for their work ethic was that, for most of the first half, their goal remained untroubled.’
    • ‘She went ahead, though, hoping people would remember her work ethic and integrity.’
    • ‘His work ethic came from his father, who was a committed businessman, though very old.’
    • ‘The government has also done its bit to support large companies by promoting the work ethic in policy and propaganda.’
    • ‘A strong work ethic is evident when a band comes this far in just over a year.’
    • ‘His father was a pattern maker at a steelworks in Sheffield and a strong work ethic became ingrained in his own set of values.’
    • ‘We rewarded initiative and reinforced the work ethic with our tax cuts and welfare reforms.’
    • ‘He managed to instill a professional work ethic among his players and an unquenchable spirit and commitment.’