- a belief or notion, not based on reason or knowledge, in or of the ominous significance of a particular thing, circumstance, occurrence, proceeding, or the like.
- a system or collection of such beliefs.
- a custom or act based on such a belief.
- irrational fear of what is unknown or mysterious, especially in connection with religion.
- any blindly accepted belief or notion.
Origin of superstition
Examples from the Web for superstition
Darwin was among the many scientists that have helped society evolve out of mysticism, superstition and faith.‘Gods of Suburbia’: Dina Goldstein’s Arresting Photo Series on Religion vs. Consumerism
November 8, 2014
Yet superstition can also be, if my theology is correct, the first step in the other direction on that same road.There Are Only Atheists in Fox Holes
October 5, 2014
Tally one for the superstition list… no more laundry at night.Dodging Rockets in Afghanistan as the Taliban’s Fighting Season Begins
May 14, 2014
There is his superstition about watching every Red Sox game but never the sixth inning.Joshua Ferris’s New Novel Chronicles an Existential Dentist in Despair
May 6, 2014
Superstition has it that playing the Man of Steel is a career killer.Is There Really a Superman Curse, and Can Henry Cavill Break It?
June 13, 2013
Superstition has its season as well as sulphur-baths and chalybeate springs.In the Heart of Vosges
It was quite evident that Mrs. Tremain had all the superstition of Mexico.In a Steamer Chair and Other Stories
The Indian religion is not one of worship, but one of fear and superstition.The Long Labrador Trail
Tales of superstition and all mystery stories of the unknown.
“It is your reason against my—superstition,” she said slowly.The Law-Breakers
- irrational belief usually founded on ignorance or fear and characterized by obsessive reverence for omens, charms, etc
- a notion, act or ritual that derives from such belief
- any irrational belief, esp with regard to the unknown
Word Origin and History for superstition
early 13c., from Old French superstition or directly from Latin superstitionem (nominative superstitio), noun of action from superstare (see superstitious). Originally especially of religion; sense of "unreasonable notion" is from 1794.