|a screen or mat covered with a dark material for shielding a camera lens from excess light or glare.|
|a printed punctuation mark (‽), available only in some typefaces, designed to combine the question mark (?) and the exclamation point (!), indicating a mixture of query and interjection, as after a rhetorical question.|
|1.||irrational belief usually founded on ignorance or fear and characterized by obsessive reverence for omens, charms, etc|
|2.||a notion, act or ritual that derives from such belief|
|3.||any irrational belief, esp with regard to the unknown|
|[C15: from Latin superstitiō dread of the supernatural, from superstāre to stand still by something (as in amazement)]|
belief, half-belief, or practice for which there appears to be no rational substance. Those who use the term imply that they have certain knowledge or superior evidence for their own scientific, philosophical, or religious convictions. An ambiguous word, it probably cannot be used except subjectively. With this qualification in mind, superstitions may be classified roughly as religious, cultural, and personal
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