su-per-sti-tion / so͞o-pər-stĭsh-ən
1. excessive reverence for that which is unknown or mysterious
Superstition is the religion of the feeble minds.
Edmund Burke, 1729 – 1797
2. an irrational belief that certain outcomes are caused by something that is not logically connected to the outcome
According to a Russian superstition, bird poop that lands on you or something that belongs to you will bring you wealth — something to keep in mind the next time you’re reading under a tree.
Samantha Brodsky and Adam Schubak, “55 of the Strangest Superstitions from Around the World”, ‘Good Housekeeping’, www.goodhousekeeping.com/life/g4489/strangest-superstitions, April 9, 2018
3. an irrational belief that is retained despite contrary proof, often arising from ignorance or fear
In fact men will fight for a superstition quite as quickly as for a living truth – often more so, since a superstition is so intangible you cannot get at it to refute it, but truth is a point of view, and so is changeable.
Hypatia, 350 – 415