And the great aim of education is the cultivation of the habit of abstraction.
The things are all in my chamber; I want nothing but the habit.
He was markedly polite to Jimmy Urquhart, much more so than his habit was.
Sometimes I thought he was more troubled than was his habit.
Their difference in habit, temperament, thought—all became plain.
The quality for which he is chiefly noted is his habit of feigning death.
Their habit is to make, from some perch, little sallies into the air after their quarry.
The matter is that the white hue of my habit infuriates him.
It seems to me that such a habit must tend to weaken character.
His friend, accompanied by the monkey, was in the habit of paying him a daily visit.
habit early 13c., from O.Fr. habit, from L. habitus "condition, demeanor, appearance, dress," originally pp. of habere "to have, to hold, possess," from PIE base *ghabh- "to seize, take, hold, have, give, receive" (cf. Skt. gabhasti- "hand, forearm;" O.Ir. gaibim "I take, hold, I have," gabal "act of taking;" Lith. gabana "armful," gabenti "to remove;" Goth. gabei "riches;" O.E. giefan, O.N. gefa "to give"). Base sense probably "to hold," which can be either in offering or in taking. Applied in Latin to both inner and outer states of being, and taken over in both sense by English, though meaning ...of "dress" is now restricted to monks and nuns. Drug sense is from 1887. Habitual first attested 1520s.