Superstitious Su`per*sti"tious, a. [F. superstitieux, L. superstitiosus.] 1. Of or pertaining to superstition; proceeding from, or manifesting, superstition; as, superstitious rites; superstitious observances. [1913 Webster]

2. Evincing superstition; overscrupulous and rigid in religious observances; addicted to superstition; full of idle fancies and scruples in regard to religion. [1913 Webster]

Ye men of Athens, I perceive that in all things ye are too superstitious. --Acts xvii. 22. [1913 Webster]

3. Overexact; scrupulous beyond need. [1913 Webster]

{Superstitious use} (Law), the use of a gift or bequest, as of land, etc., for the maintenance of the rites of a religion not tolerated by the law. [Eng.] --Mozley & W. [1913 Webster] -- {Su`per*sti"tious*ly}, adv. -- {Su`per*sti"tious*ness}, n. [1913 Webster]

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  • superstitious — late 14c., from O.Fr. superstitieux, from L. superstitiosus, from superstitionem (nom. superstitio) prophecy, soothsaying, excessive fear of the gods, perhaps originally state of religious exaltation, related to superstes (gen. superstitis)… …   Etymology dictionary

  • superstitious — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ characterized or influenced by superstition. DERIVATIVES superstitiously adverb …   English terms dictionary

  • superstitious — [so͞o΄pər stish′əs] adj. 1. of, characterized by, or resulting from superstition 2. having superstitions superstitiously adv. superstitiousness n …   English World dictionary

  • superstitious — [[t]su͟ːpə(r)stɪ̱ʃəs[/t]] 1) ADJ GRADED: usu v link ADJ People who are superstitious believe in things that are not real or possible, for example magic. Jean was extremely superstitious and believed the colour green brought bad luck. 2) ADJ… …   English dictionary

  • superstitious — superstitiously, adv. superstitiousness, n. /sooh peuhr stish euhs/, adj. 1. of the nature of, characterized by, or proceeding from superstition: superstitious fears. 2. pertaining to or connected with superstition: superstitious legends. 3.… …   Universalium

  • superstitious — adj. superstitious about * * * superstitious about …   Combinatory dictionary

  • superstitious — The Greek word in Acts 17:22 can have a good or bad sense. AV ‘too superstitious’ and RV ‘somewhat superstitious’ imply the latter, but modern translations prefer ‘extremely religious’ or ‘extremely scrupulous’ …   Dictionary of the Bible

  • superstitious — su|per|sti|tious [ ,supər stıʃəs ] adjective believing in the power of magic or luck: She s a very superstitious person. a. based on that belief: superstitious fear ╾ su|per|sti|tious|ly adverb …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • superstitious — UK [ˌsuːpə(r)ˈstɪʃəs] / US [ˌsupərˈstɪʃəs] adjective a) believing in the power of magic or luck She s a very superstitious person. b) based on that belief superstitious fear Derived word: superstitiously adverb …   English dictionary

  • superstitious — su•per•sti•tious [[t]ˌsu pərˈstɪʃ əs[/t]] adj. 1) characterized by or proceeding from superstition: superstitious fears[/ex] 2) of or connected with superstition: superstitious tales[/ex] 3) believing in or full of superstition • Etymology:… …   From formal English to slang

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