protestant ethic

noun
Usage: usually capitalized P
: an ethic that stresses the virtue of hard work, thrift, and self-discipline

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ˌProtestant ˈethic 7 (also ˌProtestant ˈwork ethic) noun singular
the idea that a person has a duty to work hard and spend their time and money in a careful, responsible way, sometimes thought to be typical of Protestants
 
Word Origin:
[Protestant ethic] translating German die protestantische Ethik, coined (1904) by the economist Max Weber in his thesis on the relationship between the teachings of Calvin and the rise of capitalism.

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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  • protestant ethic — protestant ethic, protestant ethic thesis The set of values embodied in early Protestantism, which has controversially been linked to the development of modern capitalism , most famously in Max Weber s classic essays on The Protestant Ethic and… …   Dictionary of sociology

  • Protestant ethic — n. WORK ETHIC: also Protestant work ethic …   English World dictionary

  • Protestant ethic. — See work ethic. Also called Protestant work ethic. [1925 30] * * * …   Universalium

  • Protestant ethic — (also Protestant work ethic) noun another term for work ethic …   English new terms dictionary

  • Protestant ethic. — See work ethic. Also called Protestant work ethic. [1925 30] …   Useful english dictionary

  • Protestant ethic — noun Date: 1926 an ethic that stresses the virtue of hard work, thrift, and self discipline …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • Protestant ethic — Prot′estant eth′ic n. prt soc work ethic …   From formal English to slang

  • Protestant ethic —  Протестантская этика …   Вестминстерский словарь теологических терминов

  • protestant ethic thesis — protestant ethic, protestant ethic thesis The set of values embodied in early Protestantism, which has controversially been linked to the development of modern capitalism , most famously in Max Weber s classic essays on The Protestant Ethic and… …   Dictionary of sociology

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