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[soo-per-stish-uh n] /ˌsu pərˈstɪʃ ən/
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
late Middle English
1375-1425; late Middle English < Latin superstitiōn- (stem of superstitiō), equivalent to superstit- (stem of superstes) standing beyond, outliving (super- super- + -stit-, combining form of stat-, adj. derivative of stāre to stand) + -iōn- -ion Unabridged
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  • Then they called superstition, and bade him look upon the prisoner.

  • All the grossness, superstition, and bad taste of the age were put into them.

    Folkways William Graham Sumner
  • Whether this arose from personal spite or from superstition does not matter.

    Some Jewish Witnesses For Christ Rev. A. Bernstein, B.D.
  • He had not, however, by any means been the enemy of all superstition.

    Earl Hubert's Daughter Emily Sarah Holt
  • To women, at least, all unhappiness comes from the superstition that love—any sort—is all.

    Ancestors Gertrude Atherton
British Dictionary definitions for superstition


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
C15: from Latin superstitiō dread of the supernatural, from superstāre to stand still by something (as in amazement)
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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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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