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Superstition definitions

Webster's 1828 Dictionary

SUPERSTI'TION, n. [L. superstitio, supersto; super and sto, to stand.]
1. 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; excess or extravagance in religion; the doing of things not required by God, or abstaining from things not forbidden; or the belief of what is absurd, or belief without evidence.
Superstition has reference to god, to religion, or to beings superior to man.
2. False religion; false worship.
3. Rite or practice proceeding from excess of scruples in religion. In this sense, it admits of a plural.
They the truth
With superstitions and traditions taint.
4. Excessive nicety; scrupulous exactness.
5. Belief in the direct agency of superior powers in certain extraordinary or singular events, or in omens and prognostics.

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

n
1: an irrational belief arising from ignorance or fear [syn: superstition, superstitious notion]

Merriam Webster's

noun Etymology: Middle English supersticion, from Anglo-French, from Latin superstition-, superstitio, from superstit-, superstes standing over (as witness or survivor), from super- + stare to stand more at stand Date: 13th century 1. a. a belief or practice resulting from ignorance, fear of the unknown, trust in magic or chance, or a false conception of causation b. an irrational abject attitude of mind toward the supernatural, nature, or God resulting from superstition 2. a notion maintained despite evidence to the contrary

Oxford Reference Dictionary

n. 1 credulity regarding the supernatural. 2 an irrational fear of the unknown or mysterious. 3 misdirected reverence. 4 a practice, opinion, or religion based on these tendencies. 5 a widely held but unjustified idea of the effects or nature of a thing. Derivatives: superstitious adj. superstitiously adv. superstitiousness n. Etymology: ME f. OF superstition or L superstitio (as SUPER-, stare stat- stand)

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Superstition Su`per*sti"tion, n. [F. superstition, L. superstitio, originally, a standing still over or by a thing; hence, amazement, wonder, dread, especially of the divine or supernatural, fr. superstare to stand over; super over + stare to stand. See Super-, and Stand.] 1. An excessive reverence for, or fear of, that which is unknown or mysterious. 2. 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. And the truth With superstitions and traditions taint. --Milton. 3. The worship of a false god or gods; false religion; religious veneration for objects. [The accusers] had certain questions against him of their own superstition. --Acts xxv. 19. 4. Belief in the direct agency of superior powers in certain extraordinary or singular events, or in magic, omens, prognostics, or the like. 5. Excessive nicety; scrupulous exactness. Syn: Fanaticism. Usage: Superstition, Fanaticism. Superstition springs from religious feeling misdirected or unenlightened. Fanaticism arises from this same feeling in a state of high-wrought and self-confident excitement. The former leads in some cases to excessive rigor in religious opinions or practice; in others, to unfounded belief in extraordinary events or in charms, omens, and prognostics, hence producing weak fears, or excessive scrupulosity as to outward observances. The latter gives rise to an utter disregard of reason under the false assumption of enjoying a guidance directly inspired. Fanaticism has a secondary sense as applied to politics, etc., which corresponds to the primary.

Collin's Cobuild Dictionary

(superstitions) Superstition is belief in things that are not real or possible, for example magic. Fortune-telling is a very much debased art surrounded by superstition... N-VAR

Soule's Dictionary of English Synonyms

n. 1. Bigotry, fanaticism. 2. False religion, worship of false gods, irrational worship. 3. Belief in omens. 4. Excessive nicety, scrupulous exactness.



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