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superstitious

[soo-per-stish-uh s] /ˌsu pərˈstɪʃ əs/
adjective
1.
of the nature of, characterized by, or proceeding from superstition:
superstitious fears.
2.
pertaining to or connected with superstition:
superstitious legends.
3.
believing in, full of, or influenced by superstition.
Origin
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English supersticious < Latin superstitiōsus, equivalent to superstiti(ō) superstition + -ōsus -ous
Related forms
superstitiously, adverb
superstitiousness, noun
oversuperstitious, adjective
oversuperstitiously, adverb
oversuperstitiousness, noun
unsuperstitious, adjective
unsuperstitiously, adverb
unsuperstitiousness, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for superstitiously

superstitious

/ˌsuːpəˈstɪʃəs/
adjective
1.
disposed to believe in superstition
2.
of or relating to superstition
Derived Forms
superstitiously, adverb
superstitiousness, noun
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Word Origin and History for superstitiously

superstitious

adj.

late 14c., from Old French superstitieux, from Latin superstitiosus, from superstitionem (nominative superstitio) "prophecy, soothsaying, excessive fear of the gods," perhaps originally "state of religious exaltation," related to superstes (genitive superstitis) "standing over or above," also "standing by, surviving," from superstare "stand on or over, survive," from super "above" (see super-) + stare "to stand," from PIE root *sta- "to stand" (see stet). There are many theories for the Latin sense development, but none has yet triumphed.

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