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 To Fresia, and to the locals steeped in a particularly superstitious Christian Orthodoxy, Clara’s suffering is an integral part of her spirituality. Jessica Kiang, Variety, 29 Aug. 2021 But no one was superstitious enough to wear the uniforms again. Peter Hartlaub, San Francisco Chronicle, 6 July 2021 Some athletes swear by superstitious objects or routines before a big race, but Wilson counts on a different idol to calm her mind: Beyoncé. Morgan Smith,, 5 July 2021 According to a SellCell survey of approximately 3,000 iPhone users, nearly 20% of respondents indicated that the iPhone 13 might turn them off due to the superstitious nature of the number 13. Yoni Heisler, BGR, 23 June 2021 Lee Kelly has become known among her son's fans for her superstitious practices, including burying bird feathers along courses. Ben Steele, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 14 June 2021 The creator of the spectacular Biltmore, developer George Merrick, was not a superstitious man, so chose Friday March 13th for the groundbreaking ceremony in 1925. Tony Perrottet, Smithsonian Magazine, 11 June 2021 In fact, most of those who were tortured, hanged and burned on the testimony of some superstitious neighbor or sadistic cleric are lost in the shadows of history. Washington Post, 1 June 2021 But even a superstitious skeptic like me knows enough to be grateful for a good roll of the dice. Kevin Fisher-paulson, San Francisco Chronicle, 1 June 2021

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

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10 Sep 2021

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“Superstitious.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Sep. 2021.

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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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