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superstition

Syllabification: su·per·sti·tion
Pronunciation: /ˌso͞opərˈstiSH(ə)n
 
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Definition of superstition in English:

noun

1Excessively credulous belief in and reverence for supernatural beings: he dismissed the ghost stories as mere superstition
More example sentences
  • 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.
Synonyms
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.
Synonyms
myth, belief, old wives' tale;
legend, story

Origin

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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  • The Latin word superstitio comes from super- ‘over’ and stare ‘to stand’. The idea seems to have been of ‘standing over’ something in amazement or awe. By the time superstition first appeared in English at the beginning of the 15th century it referred to an irrational religious belief based on fear, or ignorance or to a religious belief considered false or pagan. The more general ‘irrational or unfounded belief’ sense is first recorded in the 1790s.

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