- Superstition is a belief based on fear or ignorance and not on the laws of science.
An example of superstition is thinking it's bad luck to walk under a ladder.
superstition definition by Webster's New World
- any belief, based on fear or ignorance, that is inconsistent with the known laws of science or with what is generally considered in the particular society as true and rational; esp., such a belief in charms, omens, the supernatural, etc.
- any action or practice based on such a belief
- such beliefs collectively
Origin: Middle English supersticion ; from Middle French ; from Classical Latin superstitio, excessive fear of the gods, superstition, origin, originally , a standing still over ; from superstare, to stand over ; from super-, super- plush stare, to stand
superstition definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- An irrational belief that an object, action, or circumstance not logically related to a course of events influences its outcome.
- a. A belief, practice, or rite irrationally maintained by ignorance of the laws of nature or by faith in magic or chance.b. A fearful or abject state of mind resulting from such ignorance or irrationality.c. Idolatry.
Origin: Middle English supersticion, from Old French superstition, from Latin superstitiō, superstitiōn-, from superstes, superstit-, standing over; see stā- in Indo-European roots.