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Meaning of TRADITION

Pronunciation:  tru'dishun

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a specific practice of long standing
  2. [n]  an inherited pattern of thought or action

TRADITION is a 9 letter word that starts with T.


 Synonyms: custom
 See Also: cognitive content, content, habit, institution, mental object, practice, wont



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Tra*di"tion\, n. [OE. tradicioun, L. traditio, from
    tradere to give up, transmit. See {Treason}, {Traitor}.]
    1. The act of delivering into the hands of another; delivery.
       ``A deed takes effect only from the tradition or
       delivery.'' --Blackstone.
    2. The unwritten or oral delivery of information, opinions,
       doctrines, practices, rites, and customs, from father to
       son, or from ancestors to posterity; the transmission of
       any knowledge, opinions, or practice, from forefathers to
       descendants by oral communication, without written
    3. Hence, that which is transmitted orally from father to
       son, or from ancestors to posterity; knowledge or belief
       transmitted without the aid of written memorials; custom
       or practice long observed.
             Will you mock at an ancient tradition begun upon an
             honorable respect?                    --Shak.
             Naught but tradition remains of the beautiful
             village of Grand-Pr['e].              --Longfellow.
    4. (Theol.)
       (a) An unwritten code of law represented to have been
           given by God to Moses on Sinai.
                 Making the word of God of none effect through
                 your tradition, which ye have delivered. --Mark
                                                   vii. 13.
       (b) That body of doctrine and discipline, or any article
           thereof, supposed to have been put forth by Christ or
           his apostles, and not committed to writing.
                 Stand fast, and hold the traditions which ye
                 have been taught, whether by word or our
                 epistle.                          --2 Thess. ii.
    {Tradition Sunday} (Eccl.), Palm Sunday; -- so called because
       the creed was then taught to candidates for baptism at
  2. \Tra*di"tion\, v. t.
    To transmit by way of tradition; to hand down. [Obs.]
          The following story is . . . traditioned with very much
          credit amongst our English Catholics.    --Fuller.
Easton Bible Dictionary

any kind of teaching, written or spoken, handed down from generation to generation. In Mark 7:3, 9, 13, Col. 2:8, this word refers to the arbitrary interpretations of the Jews. In 2 Thess. 2:15; 3:6, it is used in a good sense. Peter (1 Pet. 1:18) uses this word with reference to the degenerate Judaism of the "strangers scattered" whom he addresses (comp. Acts 15:10; Matt. 15:2-6; Gal. 1:14).

 Definition: a continuum of gradational culture change through time representing the unbroken development of a single culture.