superstition

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su·per·sti·tion

noun \ˌsü-pər-ˈsti-shən\

: a belief or way of behaving that is based on fear of the unknown and faith in magic or luck : a belief that certain events or things will bring good or bad luck

Full Definition of SUPERSTITION

1
a :  a belief or practice resulting from ignorance, fear of the unknown, trust in magic or chance, or a false conception of causation
b :  an irrational abject attitude of mind toward the supernatural, nature, or God resulting from superstition
2
:  a notion maintained despite evidence to the contrary

Examples of SUPERSTITION

  1. It is a common superstition that a black cat crossing your path is bad luck.
  2. tales of superstition, witchcraft, and magic

Origin of SUPERSTITION

Middle English supersticion, from Anglo-French, from Latin superstition-, superstitio, from superstit-, superstes standing over (as witness or survivor), from super- + stare to stand — more at stand
First Known Use: 13th century

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