1. showing ignorance of the laws of nature and faith in magic or chance
; - Example: "finally realized that the horror he felt was superstitious in origin"
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Superstitious \Su`per*sti"tious\, a. [F. superstitieux, L.
1. Of or pertaining to superstition; proceeding from, or
manifesting, superstition; as, superstitious rites;
2. Evincing superstition; overscrupulous and rigid in
religious observances; addicted to superstition; full of
idle fancies and scruples in regard to religion.
Ye men of Athens, I perceive that in all things ye
are too superstitious. --Acts xvii.
3. Overexact; scrupulous beyond need.
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. --
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
adj 1: showing ignorance of the laws of nature and faith in
magic or chance; "finally realized that the horror he
felt was superstitious in origin"
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
18 Moby Thesaurus words for "superstitious":
credulous, doting, easily taken in, easy of belief, fond,
inclined to believe, infatuated, overconfiding, overcredulous,
overtrustful, overtrusting, trustful, trusting, uncritical,
undoubting, unskeptical, unsuspecting, unsuspicious