superstitious

Definitions

  • NOTE TO THE SUPERSTITIOUS
    NOTE TO THE SUPERSTITIOUS
  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj superstitious showing ignorance of the laws of nature and faith in magic or chance "finally realized that the horror he felt was superstitious in origin"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Roosevelt was the most superstitious president—he traveled continually but never left on a Friday. He also would not sit at the same table that held thirteen other people.
    • Superstitious Evincing superstition; overscrupulous and rigid in religious observances; addicted to superstition; full of idle fancies and scruples in regard to religion. "Ye men of Athens, I perceive that in all things ye are too superstitious ."
    • Superstitious Of or pertaining to superstition; proceeding from, or manifesting, superstition; as, superstitious rites; superstitious observances.
    • Superstitious Overexact; scrupulous beyond need.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • superstitious Believing superstitions, religious or other; addicted to superstition; especially, very scrupulous and rigid in religious observances through fear or credulity; full of idle fancies and scruples in regard to religion.
    • superstitious Pertaining to, partaking of, or proceeding from superstition: as, superstitious rites.
    • superstitious Over-exact; scrupulous beyond need, as from credulous fear.
    • superstitious Idolatrously devoted.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Superstitious pertaining to, or proceeding from, superstition: over-exact
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Quotations

  • Mary Stewart
    Mary Stewart
    “There are few men more superstitious than soldiers. They are, after all, the men who live closest to death.”
  • Blaise Pascal
    Blaise%20Pascal
    “It is superstitious to put one's hopes in formalities, but arrogant to refuse to submit to them.”
  • Robert Browning
    Robert%20Browning
    “Our interest's on the dangerous edge of things. The honest thief, the tender murderer, the superstitious atheist.”
  • Andrew W. Mathis
    Andrew W. Mathis
    “It is bad luck to be superstitious.”
  • George Santayana
    George%20Santayana
    “Men become superstitious, not because they have too much imagination, but because they are not aware that they have any.”
  • John Selden
    John%20Selden
    “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.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. superstitieux, L. superstitiosus,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. superstitio, excessive religious belief—super, over, above, statum, sistĕrestāre, to stand.

Usage

In literature:

For long the two boys sat trying to argue the captain and Chris out of their superstitious fears.
"The Boy Chums in the Forest" by Wilmer M. Ely
The place and the court were regarded by the people with superstitious reverence.
"Christianity and Greek Philosophy" by Benjamin Franklin Cocker
And all this time the people respected the sepulchre of the old Spaniard, and held it in superstitious awe.
"An Eagle Flight" by José Rizal
A superstitious fear of her 'witchcraft' had already fallen on them; they had lost heart and soon lost all.
"The Red True Story Book" by Various
An educated man, I've said, has no business with these superstitious notions.
"Masterpieces of Mystery, Vol. 1 (of 4)" by Various
Mr. Rougeant was superstitious.
"The Silver Lining" by John Roussel
For superstitious reasons, the Dyaks do not interfere with the crocodile until he has shown some sign of his man-eating propensity.
"Children of Borneo" by Edwin Herbert Gomes
The old Chief superstitiously wheeled round almost to another extreme.
"The Story of John G. Paton" by James Paton
Don't let's make it worse by conjuring up superstitious terrors.
"The Invader" by Margaret L. Woods
It was almost a superstitious fear that had gotten possession of my soul.
"Our Home in the Silver West" by Gordon Stables
His motive was truly religious, and took the superstitious form then almost inseparable from earnest piety.
"Great Men and Famous Women. Vol. 5 of 8" by Various
It grew as such a dark myth would grow in the superstitious times in which it started.
"ZigZag Journeys in Northern Lands;" by Hezekiah Butterworth
They were so obvious that something like horror lit the superstitious faces.
"The Golden Woman" by Ridgwell Cullum
We were not superstitious, and it wasn't the thirteenth.
"A Mountain Boyhood" by Joe Mills
So suddenly did the cry come that Hervey felt a slight superstitious quiver pass down his back, but he rode on.
"The Hound From The North" by Ridgwell Cullum
They are very superstitious.
"Ireland as It Is" by Robert John Buckley (AKA R.J.B.)
The fact that he felt the first heavy agony of a superstitious terror struck him most disagreeably.
"A Romance of the West Indies" by Eugène Sue
Her sister, an ignorant, selfish, and very superstitious woman, was her great trial.
"Our Moslem Sisters" by Annie Van Sommer
Even Mercedes went to her knees in response to deep internal, superstitious pressures.
"Sinister Paradise" by Robert Moore Williams
It was an age of prophecies, of dreams, of visions, of fables, and of superstitious tales.
"A Layman's Life of Jesus" by Samuel H. M. Byers
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In poetry:

Like Sodom and Gomorrah, thou art grown,
Which never from their odious vices turn'd
(Or like Samariah's superstitious town)
Until at length to dust and ashes burn'd.
"Mr. Prichard's Complaint Of The Town Of Llandovery (The Author's Parish) And His Advice And Warning " by Rees Prichard
When on a day, as he abroad
Walked by his mother, in their road
He heard a skylark singing;
Smit with the sound, a flood of tears
Proclaimed the superstitious fears
His inmost bosom wringing.
"The Boy And The Skylark" by Charles Lamb
The Law devised by kings long-dead
And superstitious priests,
Whose code considered but revenge,
With bloody rites and feasts --
The ancient Law, bequeathed by men
Scarce risen from the beasts.
"The Age of Reason" by C J Dennis
Oh! no, that fond light which in splendid profusion,
Effulgent she flings the soft foliage between,
She wastes not, to aid superstitious illusion,
It shews her wing'd mate where she glows in the green.
"How Canst Thou Doubt?" by Charlotte Dacre

In news:

I'll admit, I'm a little superstitious .
Superstitious Jane Lukas jumps into Nazareth record book.
Find out what you should and shouldn't do on Friday 13th and tell us what you are superstitious about.
Are you superstitious about today or anything else.
See what Cameron Diaz, Lindsay Lohan, Heidi Klum, and other stars are superstitious about wearing.
Superstitious beliefs getting more common.
Berger's Burg: Superstitious stories abound this Halloween.
The players are serious, and sometimes superstitious , about the caps they wear.
But she was terribly superstitious and there was nothing that would change her mind.
Free Beer & Hot Wings – Sad But Superstitious .
Conditions at Colorado Springs, CO. How superstitious are you on Friday the 13th.
One angler 's tools are another's superstitious quirks.
The superstitious among us might see these numbers as lucky, but, Wednesday was lucky for a different reason for two new parents at St Francis Hospital in Hartford.
A few days ago, we asked if you were superstitious and thought that Friday the 13th really brings people bad luck .
I'm not superstitious, but I do know that the 1988 and 2008 basketball championships, and the 2008 Orange Bowl teams have something in common me.
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