second nature

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acquired behavior that is practiced so long it seems innate

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His neck was so twisted that the knotted ends of his white cravat usually dangled under one ear; his natural acerbity and energy, always contending with a second nature of habitual repression, gave his features a swollen and suffused look; and altogether, he had a weird appearance of having hanged himself at one time or other, and of having gone about ever since, halter and all, exactly as some timely hand had cut him down.
Vane glanced at her, and with one of those false theatrical gestures that so often become a mode of second nature to a stage-player, clasped her in her arms.
While with you reserve is a second nature, Don Juan.
For years I have been playing in pieces where I have had to stand concealed up stage, drinking in the private conversation of other people, and the thing has become a second nature to me.
We observe cats and dogs acquiring the same second nature.
At first he had been merely a good actor, but as time went on, simulation became second nature.
It's become second nature with me when I've anything on.
This expression or naming is not art, but a second nature, grown out of the first, as a leaf out of a tree.
The Saillard's avarice, which was really imposed on them in the first instance by dire necessity, was now a second nature.
Grades of Green is an environmental education non-profit dedicated to making environmental protection second nature in young minds.
Second nature pushes the boundaries of ordinary materials.
The centre's mission is to promote safety as a second nature in industry around the world with the objective of preventing future accidents.
The University of Massachusetts Medical School is a finalist for the 2013 Second Nature Climate Leadership Award and will be recognized this month as one of 20 colleges and universities nationwide that exemplifies the mission of the American College and University Presidents' Climate Commitment to re-stabilize the earth's climate through education, research and community engagement.
Second nature international programme poised for roll out in the next few months key projects and international offices have already picked up their own momentum incorporating the principles of the campaign standards, work environment, leadership, engagement and behaviour to project programmes and new business submissions, identifying the initiative as a clear differentiator to Mace clients.
Second Nature collaborates closely with the ACUPCC, a network of 677 signatory institutions of higher education, which aims to neutralize greenhouse gas emissions and support the sustainability efforts of higher education.