Definition of superstition in English:


Line breaks: super|sti¦tion
Pronunciation: /ˌsuːpəˈstɪʃ(ə)n
, ˌsjuː-/


[mass noun]
  • 1Excessively credulous belief in and reverence for the supernatural: he dismissed the ghost stories as mere superstition
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    • He deployed the erudition that made his work a source-book of historical and religious criticism in a humane and enquiring spirit, impatient of credulity, superstition, and intolerance.
    • The cloak of organizational rationality is lifted to reveal sorcery, superstition, and the suspicion of witchcraft.
    • Reason has not, and will not, ever completely displace man's belief in the unknown, be it in religion or superstition.
    unfounded belief, credulity; magic, sorcery, witchcraft; fallacy, delusion, illusion
  • 1.1 [count noun] A widely held but irrational belief in supernatural influences, especially as leading to good or bad luck, or a practice based on such a belief: she touched her locket for luck, a superstition she’d had since childhood
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    • It deals with her superstitions and beliefs in the supernatural - she has a friend who predicted his own murder, and after he was killed the names of the two killers came to her out of nowhere.
    • Optimism seems to rule: Four of the five most widely held superstitions are the ones that bring on the good.
    • Often the builders of hotels or airplanes leave out row 13 or floor 13 in an attempt to pander to popular superstitions.
    myth, belief, old wives' tale, notion; legend, story


Middle English: from Old French, or from Latin superstitio(n-), from super- 'over' + stare 'to stand' (perhaps from the notion of ‘standing over’ something in awe).

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