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[soo-per-stish-uh s] /ˌsu pərˈstɪʃ əs/
of the nature of, characterized by, or proceeding from superstition:
superstitious fears.
pertaining to or connected with superstition:
superstitious legends.
believing in, full of, or influenced by superstition.
Origin of superstitious
1350-1400; Middle English supersticious < Latin superstitiōsus, equivalent to superstiti(ō) superstition + -ōsus -ous
Related forms
superstitiously, adverb
superstitiousness, noun
oversuperstitious, adjective
oversuperstitiously, adverb
oversuperstitiousness, noun
unsuperstitious, adjective
unsuperstitiously, adverb
unsuperstitiousness, noun Unabridged
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  • If I were superstitious or easily disheartened, I should say—but I am neither!

    The Bacillus of Beauty Harriet Stark
  • 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


disposed to believe in superstition
of or relating to superstition
Derived Forms
superstitiously, adverb
superstitiousness, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for superstitious

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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