- 1Excessively credulous belief in and reverence for the supernatural: he dismissed the ghost stories as mere superstitionMore 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.
- 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 childhoodMore example sentences
- 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.
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).