superstition
noun Etymology: Middle English supersticion, from Anglo-French, from Latin superstition-, superstitio, from superstit-, superstes standing over (as witness or survivor), from super- + stare to stand — more at stand Date: 13th century 1. a. a belief or practice resulting from ignorance, fear of the unknown, trust in magic or chance, or a false conception of causation b. an irrational abject attitude of mind toward the supernatural, nature, or God resulting from superstition 2. a notion maintained despite evidence to the contrary

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  • Superstition — (Latin superstitio , literally standing over ; derived perhaps from standing in awe; [cite book|title=Oxford English Dictionary|publisher=Oxford University Press|location=Oxford, England|date=1989|edition=Second] used in Latin as a unreasonable… …   Wikipedia

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  • Superstition — «Superstition» Sencillo de Stevie Wonder del álbum Talking book Publicación 1972 Formato 7 , 12 , vinyl, 45 RPM Grabación 1972 Género(s) …   Wikipedia Español

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  • Superstition — Su per*sti tion, n. [F. superstition, L. superstitio, originally, a standing still over or by a thing; hence, amazement, wonder, dread, especially of the divine or supernatural, fr. superstare to stand over; super over + stare to stand. See… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • superstition — Superstition, Superstitio. Superstition espanduë, Fusa per gentes superstitio. Estre delivré de superstition, Leuari superstitione …   Thresor de la langue françoyse

  • superstition — early 13c., from O.Fr. superstition or directly from L. superstitionem (nom. superstitio), noun of action from superstare (see SUPERSTITIOUS (Cf. superstitious)). Originally especially of religion; sense of unreasonable notion is from 1794 …   Etymology dictionary

  • superstition — [so͞o΄pər stish′ən] n. [ME supersticion < MFr < L superstitio, excessive fear of the gods, superstition, orig., a standing still over < superstare, to stand over < super ,SUPER + stare, to STAND] 1. any belief, based on fear or… …   English World dictionary

  • Superstition — (v. lat.), Aber , Irrglaube. Nach römischem Sinne war S. die Abweichung von dem vaterländischen, recipirten Cultus zu fremden, im Staate nicht anerkannten Göttern. Daher Superstitiös, abergläubisch …   Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

  • Superstition — (lat.), Aberglaube; superstitiös, abergläubisch …   Meyers Großes Konversations-Lexikon

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