Friday the 13th

If you suffer from triskaidekaphobia (fear of the number 13), you may want to stop reading now. Different cultures have considered Friday and the number 13 unlucky for thousands of years. Even today, some believe that the combination of the two is an especially jinxed event. The words on this list all relate to superstition, belief, luck, and unexplained phenomena.

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  1. foretell
    foreshadow or presage
    The chief objects of Pagan religions were to foretell the future, to explain the universe, to avert calamity, to obtain the assistance of the gods.Lecky, William Edward Hartpole
  2. jinx
    an evil spell
    Roberts insisted he did not believe in jinxes.Los Angeles Times (Sep 8, 2017)
  3. kismet
    fate or fortune
    "Such a chain of circumstances almost makes one believe in kismet," I sighed.Ford, Paul Leicester
  4. occult
    supernatural forces and events and beings collectively
    Age and experience had sharpened Clara’s ability to divine the occult and to move objects from afar.The House of the Spirits: A Novel
  5. omen
    a sign of a thing about to happen
    It’s all right not to believe in luck and omens.Cannery Row
  6. paranormal
    not in accordance with or able to be explained by science
    There are many tales of the paranormal, but an often-reported phenomenon is that of the invisible apparition.BBC (Nov 6, 2014)
  7. phobia
    an anxiety disorder characterized by irrational fear
    Certain obsessive ideas and idiosyncracies of his, closely bordering upon phobia, would seem to indicate grave psychic disorder.Heller, Otto
  8. providence
    prudence and care exercised in the management of resources
    It is all luck, or providence, depending on what you believe.Allegiant
  9. subconscious
    just below the level of awareness
    It was as if my subconscious was speaking to me about everything that I kept penned up inside of me.The Freedom Writers Diary
  10. supernatural
    not able to be explained by physical laws
    The ancients were convinced that dreams were usually supernatural.Lecky, William Edward Hartpole
  11. superstition
    an irrational belief arising from ignorance or fear
    “They are only bedtime stories — it is superstition, nothing more.”Ash
  12. oracle
    an authoritative person who divines the future
    In many of the larger monasteries, too, they have oracles who are consulted far and wide and supposed to be able to foretell the future.Howard-Bury, Charles Kenneth
  13. prophecy
    a prediction uttered under divine inspiration
    There was this prophecy that said when I turned sixteen, bad things would happen.The Last Olympian

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