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superstitious

[soo-per-stish-uh s]
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adjective
  1. of the nature of, characterized by, or proceeding from superstition: superstitious fears.
  2. pertaining to or connected with superstition: superstitious legends.
  3. believing in, full of, or influenced by superstition.
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Origin of superstitious

1350–1400; Middle English supersticious < Latin superstitiōsus, equivalent to superstiti(ō) superstition + -ōsus -ous
Related formssu·per·sti·tious·ly, adverbsu·per·sti·tious·ness, nouno·ver·su·per·sti·tious, adjectiveo·ver·su·per·sti·tious·ly, adverbo·ver·su·per·sti·tious·ness, nounun·su·per·sti·tious, adjectiveun·su·per·sti·tious·ly, adverbun·su·per·sti·tious·ness, noun
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Examples from the Web for superstitious

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  • If I were superstitious or easily disheartened, I should say—but I am neither!

  • I trust I am not superstitious, but the vision had remained with me in all its tormenting detail.

    Ruggles of Red Gap

    Harry Leon Wilson

  • Seamen, you know, are superstitious on the subject of corpses.

    Homeward Bound

    James Fenimore Cooper

  • His usually courageous eyes were full of superstitious fear.

    A Spirit in Prison

    Robert Hichens

  • Her half-crazy, superstitious notion could only have been combatted by its non-realisation.

    Cleo The Magnificent

    Louis Zangwill


British Dictionary definitions for superstitious

superstitious

adjective
  1. disposed to believe in superstition
  2. of or relating to superstition
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Derived Formssuperstitiously, adverbsuperstitiousness, noun
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Word Origin and History for superstitious

adj.

late 14c., from Old French superstitieux, from Latin superstitiosus, from superstitionem (nominative superstitio) "prophecy, soothsaying, excessive fear of the gods," perhaps originally "state of religious exaltation," related to superstes (genitive superstitis) "standing over or above," also "standing by, surviving," from superstare "stand on or over, survive," from super "above" (see super-) + stare "to stand," from PIE root *sta- "to stand" (see stet). There are many theories for the Latin sense development, but none has yet triumphed.

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