second nature


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second nature

n.
An acquired behavior or trait that is so long practiced as to seem innate.

[From the proverb Habit is second nature.]

second nature

n
a habit, characteristic, etc, not innate but so long practised or acquired as to seem so

sec′ond na′ture


n.
a habit or tendency that is so deeply ingrained as to appear automatic.
[1655–65]

second nature

- Originally Latin secundum naturam, "according to nature," it is from Aristotelian philosophy and contrasts with phenomena that are super naturam ("above nature," such as God's grace), extra naturam ("outside nature"), supra naturam ("beyond nature," such as miracles), or contra naturam ("against nature").
See also related terms for phenomena.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.second nature - acquired behavior that is practiced so long it seems innate
habit, use - (psychology) an automatic pattern of behavior in reaction to a specific situation; may be inherited or acquired through frequent repetition; "owls have nocturnal habits"; "she had a habit twirling the ends of her hair"; "long use had hardened him to it"
Translations

second nature

n to be second nature to sbessere naturale per qn
it was second nature for him to help his friends → gli veniva naturale aiutare gli amici
References in classic literature ?
With the Chinese, verse-making has always been a second nature.
But Grimaud had for twelve or fifteen years preserved habitual silence, and a habit of fifteen or twenty years' duration becomes second nature.
She quite forgot the genteel reserve which had become second nature to her.
He had been "dragged" up by his father on San Francisco Bay, and boats were second nature with him.
If from the habits of a lifetime, it had not become a sort of second nature with me never to leave anything worth having behind if there was the slightest chance of my being able to carry it away, I am sure that I should not have bothered to fill my pockets and that basket.
Men who have lived in crowded, pent-up streets, through lives of toil, and who have never wished for change; men, to whom custom has indeed been second nature, and who have come almost to love each brick and stone that formed the narrow boundaries of their daily walks; even they, with the hand of death upon them, have been known to yearn at last for one short glimpse of Nature's face; and, carried far from the scenes of their old pains and pleasures, have seemed to pass at once into a new state of being.
He had lived all his life in the working- class world, and the CAMARADERIE of labor was second nature with him.
Momaya was determined to give all that Bukawai asked if she could do no better, but haggling is second nature to black barterers, and in the end it partly repaid her, for a compromise finally was reached which included three fat goats, a new sleeping mat, and a piece of copper wire.
Disguise had to be fundamental, intrinsic, part and parcel of one's being, second nature.
Conformity to the discipline of a small society had become almost his second nature.
His uniforms lasted longer than those of any other officer in his regiment, as a consequence of the sedulously careful habits that somewhat straitened means had so instilled into him, that they had come to be like a second nature.
Despite that pernicious assumption of lassitude and indifference, which had become his second nature, he was strongly attached to his friend.