su·​per·​sti·​tious ˌsü-pər-ˈsti-shəs How to pronounce superstitious (audio)
: of, relating to, or swayed by superstition
a superstitious ritual
superstitiously adverb

Examples of superstitious in a Sentence

He's very superstitious and won't pitch without his lucky mitt.
Recent Examples on the Web Super Bowl uniform facts For those superstitious fans, the road white uniforms have been the most successful in Super Bowl history, winning 37 of the 57 games for a 64.9% winning percentage. Jordan Mendoza, USA TODAY, 30 Jan. 2024 Her disjunctive narrative structure merely retreads magical realism — in which Flora’s gaggle of daughters and housekeeper Italia (Carol Duarte), who hides a biracial child, might be superstitious illusions, a way to sentimentalize what is troublesome. Armond White, National Review, 3 Apr. 2024 On Wednesday, though, the superstitious chef will go to the same drive-thru as the day he was named a semifinalist: Wienerschnitzel. Benjy Egel, Sacramento Bee, 3 Apr. 2024 Baseball players are known to be superstitious about everything. Ellen Murphy, Kansas City Star, 25 Mar. 2024 The rulers of Assyria seemed to be superstitious themselves, or at least paranoid. Joshua Rapp Learn, Discover Magazine, 11 Mar. 2024 Somehow, despite the fact that Romo was the actual human who played the game, Simpson was blamed by many of the team’s more superstitious fans for the loss – a reaction widely criticized for its misogynistic undertones. Alli Rosenbloom, CNN, 10 Feb. 2024 The parents are characterized as either considered uneducated or superstitious to understand the value of rehydration salts. Kamala Thiagarajan, NPR, 27 Feb. 2024 The superstitious observance began in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania – where Punxsutawney Phil got his name and his start as a rodent meteorologist. Ashlyn Messier, Fox News, 2 Feb. 2024

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Word History


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

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of superstitious was in the 15th century

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Cite this Entry

“Superstitious.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Apr. 2024.

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su·​per·​sti·​tious ˌsü-pər-ˈstish-əs How to pronounce superstitious (audio)
: of, relating to, or influenced by superstition
superstitiously adverb

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