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Is there a pejorative synonym for tradition?

For example:

The execution of "witches" during the Salem witch trials is now generally known as a ______.

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Perhaps, superstition in the sense of an irrational practice works here.

The execution of "witches" during the Salem witch trials is now generally known as a superstition.

M-W:

superstition noun

1 a : a belief or practice resulting from ignorance, fear of the unknown, trust in magic or chance, or a false conception of causation

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The execution of "witches" during the Salem witch trials is now generally known as a stain on the history of the judiciary.

A similar usage of the phrase by the Vatican in 2005:

[...] The Nazis’ systematic extermination of the Jews remains “a shameful stain on the history of humanity,” says the Holy See. - https://zenit.org/articles/holocaust-a-stain-on-history-says-vatican/

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