Superstition definition

so͝opər-stĭshən
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Any belief, based on fear or ignorance, that is inconsistent with the known laws of science or with what is considered as true and rational; esp., such a belief in charms, omens, the supernatural, etc.
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A belief, not based on human reason or scientific knowledge, that future events may be influenced by one's behaviour in some magical or mystical way.
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Any action or practice based on such a belief.
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An irrational belief that an object, action, or circumstance not logically related to a course of events influences its outcome.
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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.

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A belief, practice, or rite irrationally maintained by ignorance of the laws of nature or by faith in magic or chance.
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A fearful or abject state of mind resulting from such ignorance or irrationality.
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Such beliefs collectively.
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Idolatry.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
superstition
Plural:
superstitions

Origin of superstition

  • Middle English supersticion from Old French superstition from Latin superstitiō superstitiōn- from superstes superstit- standing over stā- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition