|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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