Definition of superstition in English:


Syllabification: su·per·sti·tion
Pronunciation: /ˌso͞opərˈstiSH(ə)n


1Excessively credulous belief in and reverence for supernatural beings: 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, fallacy, delusion, illusion;
magic, sorcery
informal humbug, hooey
1.1A widely held but unjustified belief in supernatural causation leading to certain consequences of an action or event, or a practice based on such a belief: she touched her locket for luck, a superstition she had 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;
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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