[ 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.

Nearby words

  1. superspeed,
  2. superstar,
  3. superstate,
  4. superstation,
  5. superstition,
  6. superstore,
  7. superstorm,
  8. superstratum,
  9. superstring,
  10. superstring theory

Origin of superstitious

1350–1400; Middle English supersticious < Latin superstitiōsus, equivalent to superstiti(ō) superstition + -ōsus -ous

Related forms Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for superstitious


/ (ˌsuːpəˈstɪʃəs) /


disposed to believe in superstition
of or relating to superstition
Derived Formssuperstitiously, adverbsuperstitiousness, noun

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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