su·per·sti·tious | \ˌsü-pər-ˈsti-shəs \

Definition of superstitious 

: of, relating to, or swayed by superstition a superstitious ritual

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superstitiously adverb

Examples of superstitious in a Sentence

He's very superstitious and won't pitch without his lucky mitt.

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For Jack Reiser, a prayer is not just a wish or a superstitious gesture, such as crossing your fingers or throwing salt over your shoulder. Brett Weiss, star-telegram, "Need someone to pray for you? Just leave a message in this front yard 'prayer post'," 21 June 2018 Friday the 13th gets a bad rap from the superstitious, but your sleeplessness might have more to do with hot, muggy conditions. Weldon B. Johnson, azcentral, "Sleepless in Arizona? It's that time of year," 13 July 2018 Hockey players are notoriously superstitious, so perhaps Holtby’s right to let his hair roam free. Michelle R. Martinelli, For The Win, "A tribute to Capitals goalie Braden Holtby's epic playoff beard," 7 June 2018 One superstitious ash bat customer, Boltz recalled, got three hits in a game after his bats were flown to him overnight. Frank Fitzpatrick,, "Ashes of an industry: A Pennsylvania tradition is dying, one baseball bat at a time," 14 June 2018 In the movie, Farrow’s character famously gives birth to the anti-Christ, making some superstitious fans try out some wicked punchlines on social media. Mike Miller,, "Kate Middleton's Baby Reveal Dress Looks Like It's from Rosemary's Baby and Twitter Is Losing It," 27 Apr. 2018 Sports fans tend to be superstitious — and many athletes are too. Alysha Tsuji, For The Win, "Kobe Bryant says fans who believe in the ‘Detail’ curse are idiots," 6 June 2018 Actress Toni Collette plays a mother dealing with grief and guilt after the passing of her superstitious mother. Lauren Sanchez, Vogue, "A Séance Gone Bad: Hereditary’s New York City Premiere Was All Screams and Shouts," 6 June 2018 Plain and axiomatic as the real medical causes now seem to us, the majority view, from the ancient Romans to the Edwardian Celts, was intensely superstitious. Longreads, "Fairy Scapegoats: A History of the Persecution of Changeling Children," 9 June 2018

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First Known Use of superstitious

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for superstitious

Middle English supersticious, from Anglo-French supersticius, from Latin superstitiosus, from superstitio

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English Language Learners Definition of superstitious

: of, relating to, or influenced by superstition


su·per·sti·tious | \ˌsü-pər-ˈsti-shəs \

Kids Definition of superstitious

: showing or influenced by superstition

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to reject or criticize sharply

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