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
Recent Examples of superstition from the Web
A must-have item, either out of necessity or superstition, on all your travels?
While the day is surrounded by superstitions on its unlucky nature, in witchcraft the random occurrence of the 13 and Friday isn’t considered particularly good or bad.
The president-elect had, by his own admission, given little thought to the transition before the election out of a sense of superstition.
The Bolsheviks who murdered the Romanovs and destroyed the aristocracy treated the Siberian peasant as the epitome of upper-class superstition and decadence.
Most people thought these rumors to be nonsense, the superstitions of the feeble-minded.
Every superstition and improbable streak piles high in their favor.
More or less in all places, pride and indolence in the Clergy, ignorance and servility in the laity, in both, superstition, bigotry and persecution.
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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 English Language Learners
Definition of superstition for English Language Learners
: 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 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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