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Topic: FOLKLORE

Date: 1400-1500
Language: Old French
Origin: Latin superstitio, from superstes 'standing over someone', from stare 'to stand'

superstition

noun
     
su‧per‧sti‧tion [uncountable and countable]
RF a belief that some objects or actions are lucky or unlucky, or that they cause events to happen, based on old ideas of magic:
the old superstition that walking under a ladder is unlucky
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