Meaning of eidos in English:


Pronunciation /ˈʌɪdɒs/


mass nounAnthropology
  • The distinctive expression of the cognitive or intellectual character of a culture or social group.

    ‘He finds the eidos of the Iatmul people to be characterized among other things by a tendency to construct an enormously complex cultural-structure.’
    • ‘Bateson asserts that a culture's eidos fosters certain ideas and beliefs in individual members of the culture and sanctions or suppresses others.’


1930s from Greek, literally ‘form, type, idea’, partly in contrast to ethos.