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superstition

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noun su·per·sti·tion \ˌsü-pər-ˈsti-shən\

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

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of superstition

  1. 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. 2 :  a notion maintained despite evidence to the contrary

Examples of superstition in a sentence

  1. It is a common superstition that a black cat crossing your path is bad luck.

  2. 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

superstition

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noun su·per·sti·tion \ˌsü-pər-ˈsti-shən\

Definition of superstition for Students

  1. :  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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