Definitions for Superstitionˌsu pərˈstɪʃ ən

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

su•per•sti•tionˌsu pərˈstɪʃ ən(n.)

  1. an irrational belief in or notion of the ominous significance of a particular thing, circumstance, occurrence, etc.

  2. a system or collection of such beliefs.

  3. a custom or act based on such a belief.

  4. irrational fear of what is unknown or mysterious, esp. in connection with religion.

  5. any blindly accepted belief or notion.

Origin of superstition:

1375–1425; late ME < L superstitiō=superstit-, s. of superstes standing beyond (super-super - +-stes, s. -stit-

Princeton's WordNet

  1. superstition, superstitious notion(noun)

    an irrational belief arising from ignorance or fear

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. superstition(noun)ˌsu pərˈstɪʃ ən

    a belief that things sometimes happen because of good luck or bad luck

    folklore and superstition


  1. superstition(Noun)

    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.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Superstition(noun)

    an excessive reverence for, or fear of, that which is unknown or mysterious

  2. Superstition(noun)

    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

  3. Superstition(noun)

    the worship of a false god or gods; false religion; religious veneration for objects

  4. Superstition(noun)

    belief in the direct agency of superior powers in certain extraordinary or singular events, or in magic, omens, prognostics, or the like

  5. Superstition(noun)

    excessive nicety; scrupulous exactness


  1. Superstition

    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.

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Superstition

    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. superstition

    1. Scrambled science flavored with fear. 2. Ossified metaphor.

Translations for Superstition

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


(the state of fear and ignorance resulting from) the belief in magic, witchcraft and other things that cannot he explained by reason.

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