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Definition of Superstition

Superstition

  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.
  3. The worship of a false god or gods; false religion; religious veneration for objects.
  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.

Superstition Quotations

Security is mostly a superstition. It does not exist in nature, nor do the children of men as a whole experience it. Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. Life is either a daring adventure, or nothing.
Helen Keller

Science is the great antidote to the poison of enthusiasm and superstition.
Adam Smith

Superstition is to religion what astrology is to astronomy the mad daughter of a wise mother. These daughters have too long dominated the earth.
Voltaire

Humanity has the stars in its future, and that future is too important to be lost under the burden of juvenile folly and ignorant superstition.
Isaac Asimov

Science can purify religion from error and superstition. Religion can purify science from idolatry and false absolutes.
Pope John Paul II
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Superstition Translations

superstition in Danish is overtro
superstition in Dutch is bijgeloof
superstition in French is superstition
superstition in German is Aberglaube {m}
superstition in Hungarian is babona
superstition in Swedish is vidskepelse, vantro, skrock
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