Definitions for Suspensesəˈspɛns

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

sus•pensesəˈspɛns(n.)

  1. a state of mental uncertainty, as in awaiting a decision or outcome, accompanied by anxiety or excitement.

  2. a state of mental indecision.

  3. undecided or doubtful condition, as of affairs.

  4. the state or condition of being suspended.

Origin of suspense:

1375–1425; < L suspēnsus, ptp. of suspendere to hang up, leave undecided (see suspend )

sus•pense′ful•ness(n.)

Princeton's WordNet

  1. suspense(noun)

    apprehension about what is going to happen

  2. suspense(noun)

    an uncertain cognitive state

    "the matter remained in suspense for several years"

  3. suspense(noun)

    excited anticipation of an approaching climax

    "the play kept the audience in suspense"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. suspense(noun)əˈspɛns

    a feeling of tension as you wait to find out what will happen

    a movie full of adventure and suspense; He's keeping us in suspense about his decision.

Wiktionary

  1. suspense(Noun)

    the condition of being suspended

  2. suspense(Noun)

    the pleasurable emotion of anticipation and excitement regarding the outcome or climax of a book, film etc

  3. suspense(Noun)

    the unpleasant emotion of anxiety or apprehension in an uncertain situation

  4. Origin: From suspens as in en suspens, from suspens.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Suspense(adj)

    held or lifted up; held or prevented from proceeding

  2. Suspense(adj)

    expressing, or proceeding from, suspense or doubt

  3. Suspense(adj)

    the state of being suspended; specifically, a state of uncertainty and expectation, with anxiety or apprehension; indetermination; indecision; as, the suspense of a person waiting for the verdict of a jury

  4. Suspense(adj)

    cessation for a time; stop; pause

  5. Suspense(adj)

    a temporary cessation of one's right; suspension, as when the rent or other profits of land cease by unity of possession of land and rent

Freebase

  1. Suspense

    Suspense is a feeling of pleasurable fascination and excitement mixed with apprehension, tension, and anxiety developed from an unpredictable, mysterious, and rousing source of entertainment. The term most often refers to an audience's perceptions in a dramatic work. Suspense is not exclusive to fiction. It may operate whenever there is a perceived suspended drama or a chain of cause is left in doubt, with tension being a primary emotion felt as part of the situation. In the kind of suspense described by film director Alfred Hitchcock, an audience experiences suspense when they expect something bad to happen and have a superior perspective on events in the drama's hierarchy of knowledge, yet they are powerless to intervene to prevent it from happening. Films having a lot of suspense belong in the thriller genre. In broader definitions of suspense, this emotion arises when someone is aware of his lack of knowledge about the development of a meaningful event; thus, suspense is a combination of anticipation and uncertainty dealing with the obscurity of the future. In terms of narrative expectations, it may be contrasted with mystery or curiosity and surprise. Suspense could however be some small event in a person's life, such as a child anticipating an answer to a request they've made, e.g., "May I get the kitty?". Therefore, suspense may be experienced to different degrees.


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Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary

suspense(noun)

a state of uncertainty and anxiety

We waited in suspense for the result of the competition.

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