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Habitude

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Hábitude. n.s. [habitudo, Latin; habitude, French.]

  1. Relation; respect; state with regard to something else.

    We cannot conclude this complexion of nations from the vicinity or habitude they hold unto the sun. Brown's Vul. Err.

    The will of God is like a streight unalterable rule; but the various comportments of the creature, either thwarting this rule, or holding conformity to it, occasions several habitudes of this rule into it. Hale's Origin of Mankind.

    It results from the very nature and being of things, as they stand in such a certain habitude, or relation to one another. South's Sermons.

    As by the objective part of perfect happiness we understand that which is best and last, and to which all other things are to be referred; so by the formal part must be understood the best and last habitude of man toward the best object. Norr.

    In all the habitudes of life
    The friend, the mistress, and the wife;
    Variety we still pursue.
    Swift.

  2. Familiarity; converse; frequent intercourse.

    His knowledge in the noblest useful arts,
    Was such dead authors could not give;
    But habitudes with those who live.
    Dryden.

    To write well, one must have frequent habitudes with the best company. Dryden.

  3. Long custom; habit; inveterate use.

    Mankind is not more liable to deceit than willing to continue in a pleasing errour, strengthened by a long habitude. Dryden's Dufresnoy.

    Thy ear, inur'd to charitable sounds,
    And pitying love, must feel the hateful wounds
    Of jest obscene, and vulgar ribaldry,
    The ill-bred question, and the loud reply,
    Brought by long habitude from bad to worse;
    Must hear the frequent oath, the direful curse.
    Prior.

  4. The power of doing any thing acquired by frequent repetition.

    It is impossible to gain an exact habitude, without an infinite number of acts and perpetual practice. Dryd. Dufresnoy.

Sources: Browne, Thomas (204) · Dryden, John (788) · Hale, Matthew (49) · Norris, John (4) · Prior, Matthew (162) · South, Robert (158) · Swift, Jonathan (306)

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