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[soo-per-stish-uh s] /ˌsu pərˈstɪʃ əs/
of the nature of, characterized by, or proceeding from superstition:
superstitious fears.
pertaining to or connected with superstition:
superstitious legends.
believing in, full of, or influenced by superstition.
Origin of superstitious
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 Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for superstitiousness
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  • Speaking of the superstitiousness of the Italians, he said that they universally believe in the influence of the evil eye.

  • What a fine omen for her profound mysticism and superstitiousness!

    The Pretty Lady Arnold E. Bennett
  • There was also a poetical and religious element in the woman's composition which very well accorded with her superstitiousness.

  • Whatever was spoken of he would bring round to the superstitiousness of old maids, or the petting and spoiling of children.

    War and Peace Leo Tolstoy
  • First of these qualities, superstitiousness, may be ascribed in large measure to geographical isolation.

    Armenian Legends and Festivals Louis A. Boettiger
British Dictionary definitions for superstitiousness


disposed to believe in superstition
of or relating to superstition
Derived Forms
superstitiously, adverb
superstitiousness, noun
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Word Origin and History for superstitiousness



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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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