superstition

noun

su·​per·​sti·​tion ˌsü-pər-ˈsti-shən How to pronounce superstition (audio)
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 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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Word History

Etymology

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, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of superstition was in the 13th century

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Cite this Entry

“Superstition.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/superstition. Accessed 24 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition

superstition

noun
su·​per·​sti·​tion ˌsü-pər-ˈstish-ən How to pronounce superstition (audio)
1
: a belief or practice resulting from ignorance, fear of the unknown, or trust in magic
2
: an unreasoning fear of nature, the unknown, or God resulting from superstition
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