An example of mores is the morally strict behavior that is required in the south versus in another part of the US.
Origin of moresL, plural of mos, custom: see mood
- The accepted traditional customs and usages of a particular social group.
- Moral attitudes.
- Manners; ways.
Origin of moresLatin mōrēs pl. of mōs custom ; see mē-1 in Indo-European roots.
Usage Note: Although educated 19th-century speakers of English would pronounce mores as (môr′ēz) according to the customary pronunciation of Latin in English-speaking countries at that time, 75 percent of the Usage Panel in 2005 found this same pronunciation unacceptable (although 5 percent actually preferred it). Nowadays, the accepted pronunciation is (môr′āz), with a long a as in days and a (z) sound at the end. It is incorrect to pronounce it as a single syllable (môrz), and the pronunciation ending with an (s) sound, which more closely resembles the way the Latin word was actually pronounced by the Romans, may sound pretentious.
- A set of moral norms or customs derived from generally accepted practices rather than written laws.