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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superstitiously adverb

Examples of superstitious in a Sentence

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

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Atwood has never been the type for superstitious writing rituals. Time, "The Handmaid's Tale Was a Warning. Three Decades Later, Margaret Atwood Is Back With Another," 3 Sep. 2019 Women told the stories, superstitious, chill-inducing, full of myth and colour, that preserved links with dead generations. The Economist, "Obituary: Toni Morrison died on August 5th," 15 Aug. 2019 On top of that, baseball players have been known to be rather superstitious. Dave Clark,, "Chicago Cubs hope home white jerseys in lockers bring luck vs. Reds at GABP," 8 Aug. 2019 In the course of our unofficial research, unwritten rules tend to fall in one of three categories: superstitious, strategic and disrespectful. Steve Gardner, USA TODAY, "From bat flips to bunts, baseball's 'unwritten rules' can be a challenge to navigate," 6 July 2019 Aniston faced a scary situation in February when her plane had to turn around and make an emergency landing Adam Sandler is far from a superstitious flyer. Eric Todisco,, "Adam Sandler Reveals He Took Same Plane as Jennifer Aniston the Day After Her Emergency Landing," 12 June 2019 Wynn officials are apparently pretty superstitious. Jaclyn Reiss,, "We were at the Encore for its first 24 hours. Here are the most interesting things we saw," 24 June 2019 Establishing some seemingly superstitious routine has its own logic. Lila Maclellan, Quartz, "Toronto Raptors fans are seeing ‘auspicious’ claw marks in the clouds," 10 June 2019 To put it simply, the said curse is a superstitious phenomenon in sports where being supported by the rapper (or even so much as interacting with him) will result in that person's or team's loss. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Welp, People Think Arya Stark Is Doomed After That Drake Shoutout at the Billboard Music Awards," 2 May 2019

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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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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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