habit (part of speech: noun)
fixed ways, trait, conventionality, leaning, instinct, tendency, familiarity, custom, temperament, acclimation, rut, lifestyle, routine, addiction, wont, treadmill, second nature, way of life, regularity, disposition, daily grind, tradition, habit
pretension (part of speech: noun)
charade, falseness, fakery, fraud, disguise, masquerade, deceit, front, forgery, imitation, pose, cover, show, imposture, affectation, guise, claim, stage, impersonation, counterfeit, bluff, air, ostentation, pretense, gimmick, pretension, device, artificiality, facade
specialty (part of speech: noun)
flavor, specialization, definiteness, idiosyncrasy, hallmark, quality, figure, difference, property, cachet, particularity, individuality, mark, characteristic, way, specialty, peculiarity, stamp, keynote, feature, discriminant, quirk, forte
phrase (part of speech: noun)
locution, verbalism, phrase, metaphor, sentence, euphemism, adage, motto, expression, catchphrase, paragraph, cliche, figure of speech, clause, proverb, slogan, terminology, epigram, phraseology, maxim, idiom
- But I recognize you, and know you- your gestures, the turn of your head, every little mannerism. - "The Voice in the Fog", Harold MacGrath.
- No one can too much admire the legerdemain of the magician who could produce this thing; for it is a story out of the Arabian Nights, told with a perfection of mannerism, a reproduction of the English in which the later translators of the Arabian Nights have seen fit to deal, a simulation of the movement and detail of the Eastern stories which fairly takes our breath away. - "Emerson and Other Essays", John Jay Chapman.
- It is the perfection of handling through its simplicity and certainty, and has not the slightest trace of affectation or mannerism. - "A Text-Book of the History of Painting", John C. Van Dyke.