Meaning of TRADITION in English


transcription, транскрипция: [ trə-ˈdi-shən ]


Etymology: Middle English tradicioun, from Middle French & Latin; Middle French tradicion, from Latin tradition-, traditio action of handing over, tradition — more at treason

Date: 14th century


a. : an inherited, established, or customary pattern of thought, action, or behavior (as a religious practice or a social custom)

b. : a belief or story or a body of beliefs or stories relating to the past that are commonly accepted as historical though not verifiable

the bulk of tradition s attributed to the Prophet — J. L. Esposito

2. : the handing down of information, beliefs, and customs by word of mouth or by example from one generation to another without written instruction

3. : cultural continuity in social attitudes, customs, and institutions

4. : characteristic manner, method, or style

in the best liberal tradition

• tra·di·tion·al -ˈdish-nəl, -ˈdi-shə-n ə l adjective

• tra·di·tion·al·ly adverb

• tra·di·tion·less -ˈdi-shən-ləs adjective

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