superstition, superstitious notion(noun)
an irrational belief arising from ignorance or fear
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.
an excessive reverence for, or fear of, that which is unknown or mysterious
an ignorant or irrational worship of the Supreme Deity; excessive exactness or rigor in religious opinions or practice; extreme and unnecessary scruples in the observance of religious rites not commanded, or of points of minor importance; also, a rite or practice proceeding from excess of sculptures in religion
the worship of a false god or gods; false religion; religious veneration for objects
belief in the direct agency of superior powers in certain extraordinary or singular events, or in magic, omens, prognostics, or the like
excessive nicety; scrupulous exactness
Superstition is a pejorative term for belief in supernatural causality: that one event leads to the cause of another without any natural process linking the two events, such as astrology, religion, omens, witchcraft, etc., that contradicts natural science. Opposition to superstition was a central concern of the intellectuals during the 18th century Age of Enlightenment. The philosophes at that time ridiculed any belief in miracles, revelation, magic, or the supernatural, as "superstition," and typically included as well much of Christian doctrine. The word superstition is often used pejoratively to refer to religious practices other than the one prevailing in a given society, although the prevailing religion may contain just as many superstitious beliefs. It is also commonly applied to beliefs and practices surrounding luck, prophecy and spiritual beings, particularly the belief that future events can be foretold by specific unrelated prior events.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
sū-pėr-stish′un, n. excessive reverence or fear, based on ignorance: excessive exactness in religious opinions or practice: false worship or religion: an ignorant and irrational belief in supernatural agency, omens, divination, sorcery, &c.: belief in what is absurd, without evidence: rites or practices proceeding from superstitious belief or fear: over-nicety, exactness too scrupulous or morbid.—adj. Supersti′tious, pertaining to, or proceeding from, superstition: over-exact.—adv. Supersti′tiously.—n. Supersti′tiousness. [L. superstitio, excessive religious belief—super, over, above, statum, sistĕre—stāre, to stand.]
The Nuttall Encyclopedia
the fear of that which is not God, as if it were God, or the fear of that which is not the devil, as if it were the devil; or, as it has in more detail been defined by Ruskin, "the fear of a spirit whose passions and acts are those of a man present in some places and not others; kind to one person and unkind to another, pleased or angry, according to the degree of attention you pay him, or the praise you refuse him; hostile generally to human pleasure, but may be bribed by sacrificing part of that pleasure into permitting the rest."
The Roycroft Dictionary
1. Scrambled science flavored with fear. 2. Ossified metaphor.
The numerical value of Superstition in Chaldean Numerology is: 4
The numerical value of Superstition in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
A fool's brain digests philosophy into folly, science into superstition, and art into pedantry. Hence University education.
The general root of superstition is that men observe when things hit, and not when they miss and commit to memory the one, and pass over the other.
People believe in superstition because they do not have health care. They are uneducated. Unless we provide them these basic facilities, the situation will not improve.
Security is mostly superstition. It does not exist in nature Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. The fearful are caught as often as the bold.
It is safe to say that no other superstition is so detrimental to growth, so enervating and paralyzing to the minds and hearts of the people, as the superstition of Morality.
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From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary
- supersticióCatalan, Valencian
- saobh-chràbhadhScottish Gaelic
- אמונה תפלהHebrew
- 迷信, 미신Korean
- awerglaf, awerglawenLuxembourgish, Letzeburgesch
- предрассудок, пристрастие, суевериеRussian
- praznòvjerica, prȁznovjērje, празновјерица, празноверица, празновјерје, сујевјерје, сујеверје, празноверје, sȕjevjērjeSerbo-Croatian
- besëtytni, supersticioniAlbanian
- mê tín, 迷信Vietnamese
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