Simple Definition of superstition
: 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
1a : a belief or practice resulting from ignorance, fear of the unknown, trust in magic or chance, or a false conception of causationb : 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 in a sentence
It is a common superstition that a black cat crossing your path is bad luck.
tales of superstition, witchcraft, and magic
Origin and Etymology 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
SUPERSTITION Defined for Kids
Definition of superstition for Students
: a belief or practice resulting from ignorance, fear of the unknown, or trust in magic or chance <It's a superstition that the number 13 is unlucky.>
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