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habitual drug user
  describing recurring behavior as ingrained rather than reconsidered
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  • habitual drug user
  • his habitual practice was to eat an early supper
  • her habitual neatness
  • How unconsciously many habitual actions are performed, indeed not rarely in direct opposition to our conscious will.
    Charles Darwin  --  The Origin of Species

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  • Now there was a rich man, and he habitually dressed in purple and fine linen, joyously living in splendor every day.
    Luke 16:19 (NASB)
  • The Maycomb County High School principal was a Mr. Charles Tuffett, who to compensate for his name, habitually wore an expression that made him resemble the Indian on a five-cent piece.
    Harper Lee  --  Go Set a Watchman
  • As if that scrawl was the result of great discipline, as if at the age of thirty or so she had been blasted, forgotten how to write, lost the use of a habitual style and forced herself to cope with a new dark unknown alphabet.
    Michael Ondaatje  --  Running in the Family
  • She mocked the loving care he gave to the sheet of blond hair that fell over his forehead, and she referred to him habitually as "the Prince of Roland Park."
    Anne Tayler  --  A Spool of Blue Thread
  • April rain falls slantwise through the billboard’s spotlights and Volkheimer’s television flickers blue and he ducks habitually as he passes through the doorway between his kitchen and the main room.
    Anthony Doerr  --  All the Light We Cannot See
  • What still amazes is the handwriting: not the placid, diligently legible schoolboy script I habitually used, but a savage scurrying scrawl indicating the breakneck speed of distraught emotions.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice

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  • The judge sat in his habitual pose, his head sunk down into his neck.
    Agatha Christie  --  And Then There Were None
  • Do you habitually have a sensitive stomach, Beatrice?
    Veronica Roth  --  Divergent
  • We don’t habitually get captured.
    Marcus Luttrell  --  Lone Survivor
  • We just have to have the courage to turn against our habitual lifestyle and engage in unconventional living.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into the Wild
  • It nestled in the darkness inside a leather satchel which Ford Prefect habitually wore slung around his neck.
    Douglas Adams  --  The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
  • It happened again just as they were passing one another: it was only a twitch, a quiver, rapid as the clicking of a camera shutter, but obviously habitual.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • As he told us the old tale his blue eyes would lighten and darken; his laugh was sudden and happy; he habitually pulled at a cowlick in the center of his forehead.
    Harper Lee  --  To Kill a Mockingbird
  • As if to compensate for all this watching, Nathan habitually overlooked me.
    Barbara Kingsolver  --  The Poisonwood Bible
  • Many could not read, which was a serious impediment now that I habitually read to Suleiman late in the afternoons.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  And The Mountains Echoed
  • The only surgeon was one who combined the occasional exercise of that noble art with the daily and habitual flourish of a razor.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
  • Guitar, a habitual street roamer, believed he knew every public thing going on in the city.
    Toni Morrison  --  Song of Solomon
  • And as he said this, the "eye severe" of the magistrate had lost nothing of its habitual arrogance.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • Mr. Heathcliff followed, his accidental merriment expiring quickly in his habitual moroseness.
    Emily Bronte  --  Wuthering Heights
  • To minimize the evidence found on him when the police habitually came his way, he set up loot-stashing sites around town, including a three-seater cave that he dug in a nearby forest.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Unbroken
  • And, for the same reason, she habitually kept her windows closed.
    Truman Capote  --  In Cold Blood
  • I am bound to say that in all the accounts which you have been so good as to give of my own small achievements you have habitually underrated your own abilities.
    Arthur Conan Doyle  --  The Hound of the Baskervilles
  • Dr. Stanpole was not patrolling the corridor as he habitually did when he was not busy, so I sat down on a bench amid the medical smells and waited.
    John Knowles  --  A Separate Peace
  • "At the North!" said St. Clare, with a sudden change of expression, and resuming something of his habitual careless tone.
    Harriet Beecher Stowe  --  Uncle Tom’s Cabin
  • They were new and beautiful, and the color bearer habitually oiled the pole.
    Stephen Crane  --  The Red Badge of Courage
  • They extended this privacy veil habitually, as a matter of course, but even so they could see this man meant something to this woman.
    Alice Sebold  --  The Lovely Bones
  • "I don’t wish to make a display of my feelings, but I have habitually thought of you more in the night than I am quite equal to."
    Charles Dickens  --  Great Expectations
  • When her key rattled the door, Mr. Freeman would have already asked his habitual question, "Hey, Bibbi, have a good time?"
    Maya Angelou  --  I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
  • He gorged himself habitually at table, which made him bilious, and gave him a dim and bleared eye and flabby cheeks.
    Charlotte Bronte  --  Jane Eyre
  • Eragon soon mastered the ability, and as the motion became habitual, his mind was freed to daydream.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eldest
  • The Italian’s face instantly changed and assumed an offensively affected, sugary expression, evidently habitual to him when conversing with women.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • His reserve had been always excessive and habitual.
    Edgar Allan Poe  --  The Fall of the House of Usher
  • As her young brown head detached itself against the patch-work cushion that habitually framed his wife’s gaunt countenance, Ethan had a momentary shock.
    Edith Wharton  --  Ethan Frome
  • He repaired at once to the dining-room, the nine windows of which open upon a tasteful garden, where the trees were already gilded with an autumn colouring; and took his place at the habitual table, the cover of which had already been laid for him.
    Jules Verne  --  Around the World in 80 Days
  • He was assailed by a fancy for peevish familiarity, common enough to doctors and priests, but which was not habitual with him.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • In those cases, the comfort quotient became a negative number, and doing what came habitually actually detracted from happiness.
    Jodi Picoult  --  Nineteen Minutes
  • Dominating the concourse, but ignored by the travelers as a habitual sight, stood a statue of Nathaniel Taggart, the founder of the railroad.
    Ayn Rand  --  Atlas Shrugged
  • He reproached his wife with her inattention, her habitual neglect of the children.
    Kate Chopin  --  The Awakening
  • The Jew glanced round the room, as his companion tossed down the second glassful; not in curiousity, for he had seen it often before; but in a restless and suspicious manner habitual to him.
    Charles Dickens  --  Oliver Twist
  • "And yet," said Athos, with his habitual calmness, "if it be Monsieur d’Artagnan who is concerned in this matter, I do not perceive how I can take his place."
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Three Musketeers
  • HIGGINS [routed from the hearthrug and drifting back to the piano] I may do these things sometimes in absence of mind; but surely I don’t do them habitually.
    George Bernard Shaw  --  Pygmalion
  • The bright, gentle, fanciful plays—the ones I like best now—appear not to have impressed me at first, perhaps because they reflected the habitual sunshine and gaiety of a child’s life.
    Helen Keller  --  Story of My Life
  • Notwithstanding the symptoms of habitual suspicion, his countenance was not only without guile, but at the moment at which he is introduced, it was charged with an expression of sturdy honesty.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Last of the Mohicans
  • Stunned amazement will probably be your habitual state of mind.
    Jules Verne  --  Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea
  • Twelve of the town’s most prominent citizens revealed as habitual frequenters of Belle Watling’s sporting house!
    Margaret Mitchell  --  Gone with the Wind
  • They say I’m a habitual hassler.
    Ken Kesey  --  One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
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