What does superstitious mean?

Definitions for superstitious
ˌsu pərˈstɪʃ əssu·per·sti·tious

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. superstitiousadjective

    showing ignorance of the laws of nature and faith in magic or chance

    "finally realized that the horror he felt was superstitious in origin"


  1. superstitiousadjective

    Susceptible to superstitions.

  2. superstitiousadjective

    Arising from or having the character of superstitions.

  3. Etymology: superstitieux, from superstitiosus, from superstitionem, accusative singular of superstitio.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Superstitiousadjective

    Addicted to superstition; full of idle fancies or scruples with regard to religion.

    Etymology: superstitieux, Fr. superstitiosus, Latin.

    At the kindling of the fire, and lighting of candles, they say certain prayers, and use some other superstitious rites, which shew that they honour the fire and the light. Edmund Spenser.

    Have I
    Been out of fondness superstitious to him?
    And am I thus rewarded? William Shakespeare, Henry VIII.

    Nature’s own work it seem’d, nature taught art,
    And to a superstitious eye the haunt
    Of wood-gods and wood-nymphs. John Milton.

    A venerable wood,
    Where rites divine were paid, whose holy hair
    Was kept and cut with superstitious care. Dryden.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Superstitiousadjective

    of or pertaining to superstition; proceeding from, or manifesting, superstition; as, superstitious rites; superstitious observances

  2. Superstitiousadjective

    evincing superstition; overscrupulous and rigid in religious observances; addicted to superstition; full of idle fancies and scruples in regard to religion

  3. Superstitiousadjective

    overexact; scrupulous beyond need

  4. Etymology: [F. superstitieux, L. superstitiosus.]


  1. Superstitious

    "Superstitious" is a 1988 single released by the Swedish heavy metal band Europe. It was the first single released from the album Out of This World. It charted at #31 in the Billboard Hot 100, #9 at the Mainstream Rock Tracks and #34 in the UK Singles Chart. The video for "Superstitious" was filmed at an old castle on Long Island, New York. When performing the song live on tour in 1990-92, Europe included a part of Bob Marley's "No Woman, No Cry" in the middle of the song.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of superstitious in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of superstitious in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of superstitious in a Sentence

  1. Chris Langston:

    I went back the following day and placed it in an undisturbed part near the area where I found it and buried it slightly just to avoid any bad juju, the most bizarre thing is that I've never believed in anything like this but I’m not willing to take the risk. So I’ve suddenly become all superstitious within a shovel full. I did get a bit creeped out by it all.

  2. Boris Johnson:

    The UK generally has a great record on fighting measles, but for the first time we're suddenly going in the wrong direction, i'm afraid people have just been listening to that superstitious mumbo-jumbo on the internet, all that anti-vax stuff, and thinking that the MMR vaccine is a bad idea. That's wrong, please get your kids vaccinated.

  3. William Wilson:

    She doesn't want it now. She's ... kind of superstitious.

  4. John Selden:

    They that are against superstition oftentimes run into it of the wrong side. If I wear all colors but black, then I am superstitious in not wearing black.

  5. Stephen King:

    His mother called such people ignorant and superstitious, but his father only shook his head slowly and puffed his pipe and said that sometimes old stories had a grain or two of truth in them and it was best not to take chances. It was why, he said, he crossed himself whenever a black cat crossed his path.

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    actively or fully engaged or occupied
    • A. transparent
    • B. whirring
    • C. busy
    • D. dependable

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