Superstition

Definition of Superstition

Su`per`sti´tion
n.1.An excessive reverence for, or fear of, that which is unknown or mysterious.
2.An ignorant or irrational worship of the Supreme Deity; excessive exactness or rigor in religious opinions or practice; extreme and unnecessary scruples in the observance of religious rites not commanded, or of points of minor importance; also, a rite or practice proceeding from excess of sculptures in religion.
And the truth
With superstitions and traditions taint.
- Milton.
3.The worship of a false god or gods; false religion; religious veneration for objects.
[The accusers] had certain questions against him of their own superstition.
- Acts xxv. 19.
4.Belief in the direct agency of superior powers in certain extraordinary or singular events, or in magic, omens, prognostics, or the like.
5.Excessive nicety; scrupulous exactness.

Related Words

belief, superstitious notion
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