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a long-established or previously long-established practice or belief


one or more practices, beliefs, or stories passed down through generations within a specific culture or group
  • He had tradition behind him, his was a good, old name, and it was almost inevitable that someday he would have to be reckoned with as a political factor.
    2.2 - At the Tienappels' / Hans Castorp's Moral State (81% in)
  • He was a most Christian gentleman, a member of a Reformed parish, with strict traditional opinions, so stubborn an advocate of restricting qualifications for those who govern to the aristocracy that it was as if he were living in the fourteenth century, when, against the dogged resistance of the old free patricians, tradesmen had first begun to win seats and voices in the town council—in sum, a man who opposed anything new.
    2.1 - The Baptismal Bowl / Grandfather in His Two Forms (49% in)
  • So that it might well be that Hans Castorp would join up with the radicals, turn out to be a go-getter, a profane destroyer of old buildings and beautiful landscapes, as footloose as a Jew, as irreverent as an American, a man likely to prefer a ruthless break with venerable traditions to cautious development of natural resources, a man who would plunge the state into reckless experiments— that was conceivable, too.
    2.2 - At the Tienappels' / Hans Castorp's Moral State (86% in)
  • One should not deny the humanist his position as an educator—indeed it cannot be denied to him, for he alone preserves the tradition of man's dignity and beauty.
    3.4 - Satana (93% in)
  • Quite understandably, Hans Castorp was a man without any personal arrogance; but an arrogance of a more general and traditional sort was written on his face and in the drowsy look in his eyes.
    4.9 - Growing Anxiety / Two Grandfathers and a Twilight Boat Ride (14% in)
  • These ideas, both as ideals and efforts of the will, Settembrini remarked, had been handed down as a tradition in his family.
    4.9 - Growing Anxiety / Two Grandfathers and a Twilight Boat Ride (86% in)
  • ...Behrens, however, reported to his assistant at the desk everything he heard there inside, speaking in curt, prescribed terminology, so that Hans Castorp could not help being reminded of the procedure at the tailor's, when a well-dressed gentleman takes your measurements for a suit, laying the tape measure in a traditional sequence here and there across your torso and along your limbs, and then dictates the resulting numbers to his assistant, who sits there bent over pen and paper.
    4.10 - The Thermometer (80% in)
  • It arose from an intellectual tradition diametrically opposed to the one represented by Herr Settembrini's pedagogy, but all the same one quite worthy of the designation "placet experiri"—or so it seemed to Hans Castorp.
    5.8 - Danse Macabre (92% in)
  • According to Hebrew tradition he was.
    5.9 - Walpurgis Night (28% in)
  • And yet that hardened heart softened at once the first time the literary man spoke to him again—after weeks, as noted—though it was only in passing and in the form of a mythological allusion, which to be understood required an education in the traditions of the West.
    6.1 - Changes (44% in)
  • I enjoy exchanging views with young people, am perhaps not totally lacking in my own pedagogic tradition.
    6.2 - Someone Else (90% in)
  • The world he was addressing was not one with a tradition of humanistic rhetoric; the answers he received were no more effusive than his postcards and usually accompanied the monies needed for his maintenance here—interest on his paternal inheritance, the conversion of which into Swiss currency worked so much to his advantage that he never used up one installment before the next arrived from home.
    6.3 - The City of God and Evil Deliverance (7% in)
  • ...was introduced by his nephew, who supplemented the plaid roll James had brought along with a camel-hair blanket of his own—one being more than enough for Hans Castorp, given the lovely autumn weather—and instructed his uncle, step by step, in the traditional art of wrapping oneself; in fact, once the consul had been transformed into a smooth, cylindrical mummy, Hans Castorp undid it all, in order to have his uncle repeat the whole established procedure on his own, intervening only...
    6.5 - An Attack Repulsed (64% in)
  • The strict charges meant a deepening and broadening of the order's traditions, a transference of its historical origins back to an occult world, to the so-called Dark Ages.
    6.8 - A Good Soldier (29% in)
  • A matter that the Italian evidently preferred to take for granted would be the next item on that agenda: whether the classical tradition of the Mediterranean was intended for all humanity, and therefore eternal in human terms, or whether it had not merely been the intellectual fashion and trimmings of one particular epoch, the bourgeois liberal age, which could then die with it.
    6.8 - A Good Soldier (54% in)
  • They all felt it—most bitterly, of course, the gentleman in question, who twirled his sweeping moustaches while he searched for a counterblow, giving his foe time to engage in further attacks against classical models, against the rhetorical literary tradition of European education and schooling, with its mania for grammatical form, which only served the interests of bourgeois class domination and had long since become an object of ridicule among the masses.
    6.8 - A Good Soldier (55% in)
  • Herr Albin released the first cork from its wire prison, a task of indolent routine, aimed the bottle at the ceiling, let the mushroom-shaped cork slip from its decorated neck with the pop of a toy gun, and then, as dictated by elegant tradition, wrapped the bottle in a napkin before pouring.
    7.3 - Vingt et un (80% in)
  • But one had to concede that this pathos for freedom had also brought forth shining foes of freedom, brilliant knights of tradition who did battle with irreverent, seditious progress.
    7.9 - The Great Petulance (55% in)

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