su·​per·​sti·​tious | \ ˌsü-pər-ˈsti-shəs How to pronounce superstitious (audio) \

Definition of superstitious

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

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Other Words from superstitious

superstitiously adverb

Examples of superstitious in a Sentence

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

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The performances would stereotype black men and women as ignorant, hypersexual, superstitious, lazy people who were prone to thievery and cowardice. Jesse J. Holland, The Seattle Times, "Explaining the outrage: Racist history of American blackface began in the 1830s," 6 Feb. 2019 Desperate grooming has taken hold among the superstitious and soccer-mad. Kurt Pitzer,, "Rally 'Staches! Russians Conjure Up Mustaches to Support Their Underdog Team at the World Cup," 19 June 2018 The challenge appeared to be a way of countering the criticism by impressing the many Cambodians who are superstitious. Fox News, "Cambodian PM dares rival to take oath over vote fraud claims," 6 Aug. 2018 Similarly, a comet or meteor streaking across the sky might have looked very snakelike to superstitious Norsemen, who likely would have viewed them as manifestations of Jormungand. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "“Wolf’s jaw” star cluster may have inspired parts of Ragnarök myth," 16 Nov. 2018 So the deeply superstitious designer bought it on the spot—and transformed it into a creative clubhouse-slash-watering hole for Salvador Dalí, Hubert de Givenchy, and most notably, herself. Elise Taylor, Vogue, "You Can Now Stay at 22 Rue de Berri, Elsa Schiaparelli’s Legendary Parisian Address," 24 Sep. 2018 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

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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 How to pronounce superstitious (audio) \

Kids Definition of superstitious

: showing or influenced by superstition

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