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Superstitio

δεισιδαιμονία). A word used by the ancients in a somewhat different sense from that in which we employ it, inasmuch as it denoted an excessive, unreasonable fear (timor inanis) of the gods as opposed to a proper and becoming reverence (religio). See Cicero, N. D. i. 42, 117, with Mayor's note; and the paper by Dr. Ernest Riess in the Transactions of the American Philological Assoc. (1895). For the ancient beliefs regarding sorcery, ghosts, etc., see Amuletum; Astrologia; Daemon; Fascinum; Lamia; Umbra; Versipellis; and the article Oculus Malus in the Appendix.

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