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
Find out some of Butera’s superstitions and his favorite dishes in this episode: Part 2 of Dining w/ Drew is up.
Passengers boarding China Southern Airlines Flight 380 noticed that an elderly woman, around 80 and with limited mobility, was tossing coins into the engine in what appeared to be a good luck superstition.
Though American Gods has sometimes stumbled in its effort to represent a full range of religions, cults, and superstitions—and appears to have entirely forgotten that Native Americans exist—
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Tim Tebow gets weary of the long bus rides and laughs at his teammates’ incessant superstitions.
But, for better or worse, those ancient superstitions have slowly given way to newer, trendier myths that still limit results and even increase risk of injury.
Odd superstitions arise along with strange rituals of grieving - just as spiritualism flourished around the agony of the Civil War.
Although most players are creatures of habit and the locker room is a den of superstitions, there is also time for humor.
Will Robertson, Davidson’s single-season home runs leader, isn’t a man of superstition, but even the senior outfielder had a burrito before the conference title game against Virginia Commonwealth.
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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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