Below mentioned is an excerpts from Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky.

What is the meaning of the bolded phrase below? I know what superstitious means, but I don't understand how it can be used with a person.

She had a large connection, because she was very honest and always stuck to her price: there was no higgling to be done with her. She was a woman of few words and very shy and reserved. But Raskolnikoff was very superstitious, and traces of this remained in him long after.

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    Note that the sentence in which your bolded phrase occurs begins a new paragraph - it is not continuous with what you quote previously, and indeed it takes several paragraphs for Dostoevsky to clarify the connection. Mar 16, 2013 at 17:32

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Saying that somebody is superstitious means that person is inclined to believe in superstition.

It is used like most of the adjectives that modify a person. Somebody can be superstitious in the same way that they can be kind or smart.

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