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.
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
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
Will you mock at an ancient tradition begun upon an
honorable respect? Shak.
Naught but tradition remains of the beautiful village
of Grand-Pré. Longfellow.
4. (Theol.) (a) An unwritten
code of law represented to have been given by God to Moses on
Making the word of God of none effect through your
tradition, which ye have delivered. Mark vii.
(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