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.
Recent Examples on the Web What touched me, on this millionth time walking through the rooms, was the care that the Ancient Egyptians took of their dead, which no longer seemed exotic or superstitious but noble nearly beyond belief. Alexandra Schwartz, The New Yorker, "The Met Is Back, and So Are We," 1 Sep. 2020 Peele has a few exciting projects coming up this year, including HBO's monster saga Lovecraft Country, showrun by Misha Green, and superstitious thriller Candyman, directed by Nia DaCosta. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Issa Rae and Jordan Peele Are Making a Movie Together," 29 July 2020 In fact, Halloween previously posed a huge (albeit rather superstitious) matchmaking opportunity for young women in the 19th century. Blair Donovan, Country Living, "What's the Actual History of Halloween—and Why Do We Celebrate It on October 31?," 9 June 2020 Baseball players are among the most superstitious people on Earth. Bruce Jenkins,, "Youthful A’s can withstand the chaos of a season upended by coronavirus," 1 July 2020 And over time, our opinions deepen to an almost superstitious level. Tyler Freel, Outdoor Life, "New Hunting Gear is Great, But Confidence is the Real Key," 17 June 2020 Democrats, having seen their expectations turned upside down on election day in 2016, are now preternaturally superstitious about Trump’s ability to stage a comeback. Los Angeles Times, "News Analysis: Isolated more than ever, Trump is left in crisis by his own missteps," 4 June 2020 More cheerfully, younger Chinese are not as superstitious, and so are less likely to believe that a baby born without an anal opening, for example, must be cursed and fit only for abandonment. The Economist, "Chaguan For people in China, adopting Chinese children is getting easier," 6 June 2020 The city feels like Havana without the old Buicks, the signs evoking a prewar era of boat trains and Brylcreem, when superstitious carriage drivers shifted position in their seats after dark to keep the devil from sitting next to them. Rick Jordan, Condé Nast Traveler, "In Malta, Roman Ruins and Natural Wine Bars Sit Side by Side," 21 May 2020

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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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9 Sep 2020

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“Superstitious.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Sep. 2020.

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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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