custom, practice, habit, usage, convention, ritual, rite, unwritten law, institution, form, praxis, lore:
Exchanging gifts on Christmas Eve has long been a tradition in our family.
age-old, ancient, archaic, centuries-old, deep-rooted, enduring, living, long/long-established, old, time-honoured, unbroken, well-established | distinguished, fine, great, honourable | cherished, hallowed | dominant, powerful, strong | ancestral, family | local, national, native | folk, popular | oral | Catholic, Christian, pagan, etc. | Eastern, English, European, etc. | 19th-century, classical, medieval, modernist, etc. | academic, artistic, cultural, ideological, literary, military, musical, philosophical, political, religious, sociological, sporting, teaching, theatrical
This region has a great sporting tradition.
| democratic, liberal, radical, revolutionary
VERB + TRADITION
have | cherish, continue, follow (in), keep alive, maintain, preserve, uphold
Following in the Hitchcock tradition, he always appears in the films he directs. Villagers get together every year to keep this age-old tradition alive.
| hand down
an oral tradition handed down from generation to generation
| break (with), go against
He broke with the family tradition and did not go down the mines.
| establish, start | revive
TRADITION + VERB
continue, die hard, survive
Old habits and traditions die hard.
according to (a/the) ~
According to tradition, a tree grew on the spot where the king was killed.
| by ~
By tradition, nobody interrupts an MP's maiden speech.
| in (a/the) ~
In time-honoured tradition, a bottle of champagne was smashed on the ship. He's a politician in the tradition of (= similar in style to)Kennedy.
a departure from tradition
In a departure from tradition, the bride wore a red dress.
| in the best traditions of sth
The building was constructed in the best traditions of medieval church architecture.
| respect for tradition
I acquired lasting respect for tradition and veneration for the past.
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