superstition

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

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 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 in a Sentence

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

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Raised believing superstitions about witches, Rabha has spent the last 15 years in a crusade against witch hunting across India and is credited with spurring the Assam government to enact one of the country's strictest anti-witch hunting laws. Seema Yasmin, SELF, "In Rural India, Protecting Women From Witch Hunting, and an Impending Flood," 17 Aug. 2018 The Age of Reason ought to have rescued the black cat from its pariah status, but superstitions die hard. Amanda Foreman, WSJ, "The Dark Lore of Black Cats," 18 Oct. 2018 Then there are the seemingly absurd bits of superstition. Brian P. Kelly, WSJ, "‘Hungover’ Review: There’s Got to Be a Morning After," 9 Nov. 2018 One of the most pervasive superstitions is that of the number 13. Aliza Kelly Faragher, Allure, "Why Do People Think the Number 13 Is Unlucky? Let's Talk About Triskaidekaphobia," 29 Aug. 2018 These three aren't approaching baseball players' levels of athletic superstitions. Domenica Bongiovanni, Indianapolis Star, "Indy Ballet dancers talk pre-show rituals and the bird that inspired their choreography," 16 Feb. 2018 Although grooms aren't supposed to see their brides in their wedding dresses ahead of the wedding, according to superstition, Prince Harry still had some say in Meghan Markle's bridal look. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Prince Harry Helped Meghan Markle Choose Her Wedding Tiara with the Queen," 26 Oct. 2018 Edamaruku lives in exile in Finland because of his work fighting superstition. Seema Yasmin, SELF, "In Rural India, Protecting Women From Witch Hunting, and an Impending Flood," 17 Aug. 2018 Any superstition was thrown out the window as Justify became the 13th horse to win a Triple Crown, joining Baffert’s American Pharoah. Andrew J. Campa, latimes.com, "Lucky 13th Triple Crown had by Baffert's Justify," 10 June 2018

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First Known Use of superstition

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for 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

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superstition

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English Language Learners 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

superstition

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

Kids Definition of superstition

: 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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