What does superstition mean?

Definitions for superstition
ˌsu pərˈstɪʃ ənsu·per·sti·tion

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. superstition, superstitious notionnoun

    an irrational belief arising from ignorance or fear


  1. superstitionnoun

    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. Superstitionnoun

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

  2. Superstitionnoun

    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. Superstitionnoun

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

  4. Superstitionnoun

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

  5. Superstitionnoun

    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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Superstition

    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, sistĕrestāre, to stand.]

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.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of superstition in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of superstition in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of superstition in a Sentence

  1. George Bernard Shaw:

    A fool's brain digests philosophy into folly, science into superstition, and art into pedantry. Hence University education.

  2. Pope John Paul II (Karol Wojtyla), James Reston, Galileo, A Life, HarperCollins, NY, 1994, p 461.:

    Science can purify religion from error and superstition. Religion can purify science from idolatry and false absolutes.

  3. Burke:

    Superstition is the religion of feeble minds; and they must be tolerated in an admixture of it in some trifling or enthusiastic shape or other; else you will deprive weak minds of a resource found necessary to the strongest.

  4. Francis Bacon:

    Atheism leaves a man to sense, to philosophy, to natural piety, to laws, to reputation, all which may be guides to an outward moral virtue, though religion were not but superstition dismounts all these, and erects an absolute monarchy in the minds of men...the master of superstition is the people and arguments are fitted to practice, in a reverse order.

  5. Doris Lessing:

    The worst superstition is to consider our own tolerable.

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