Habit

This morning’s poetry sent me on a word-meander, so we are breaking up our study of paragraph 08.016 with today’s word – it refers to an action as well as a mode of dress.

• 1.116 unless he has changed his habits.’
• 10.034 to which habit he owed his position.

originally Holding, having, ‘havour’; hence the way in which one holds or has oneself, i.e. the mode or condition in which one is, exists, or exhibits oneself, a) externally; hence demeanour, outward appearance, fashion of body, mode of clothing oneself, dress, habitation; b) in mind, character, or life; hence, mental constitution, character, disposition, way of acting, comporting oneself, or dealing with things, habitual or customary way (of acting, etc.), personal custom, accustomedness. 

“habit, n.” OED Online, Oxford University Press, June 2019, http://www.oed.com/view/Entry/82978. Accessed 4 August 2019.

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