Definitions for suspicionsəˈspɪʃ ən

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

sus•pi•cion*səˈspɪʃ ən(n.)

  1. the act of suspecting, esp. something wrong or evil.

  2. the state of mind or feeling of one who suspects; doubt; misgiving.

  3. an instance of suspecting something or someone.

  4. the state of being suspected:

    under suspicion; above suspicion.

  5. imagination of something to be the case or to be likely; notion.

  6. a slight trace, hint, or suggestion:

    a suspicion of a smile.

  7. (v.t.)Nonstandard. to suspect.

    Category: Status (usage)

* Syn: suspicion , distrust are terms for a feeling that appearances are not reliable. suspicion is the positive tendency to doubt the trustworthiness of appearances and therefore to believe that one has detected possibilities of something unreliable, unfavorable, menacing, or the like: to feel suspicion about the honesty of a prominent man.distrust may be a passive want of trust, faith, or reliance in a person or thing: to feel distrust of one's own ability.

Origin of suspicion:

1250–1300; ME < L suspīciō=suspīc-, var. s. of suspicere (see suspect ) +-iō -ion

Princeton's WordNet

  1. intuition, hunch, suspicion(noun)

    an impression that something might be the case

    "he had an intuition that something had gone wrong"

  2. misgiving, mistrust, distrust, suspicion(noun)

    doubt about someone's honesty

  3. suspicion(noun)

    the state of being suspected

    "he tried to shield me from suspicion"

  4. suspicion, suspiciousness(noun)

    being of a suspicious nature

    "his suspiciousness destroyed his marriage"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. suspicion(noun)əˈspɪʃ ən

    a thought that sth is wrong, bad, or not able to be trusted

    I had a suspicion that he was lying.; public suspicion about the case

  2. suspicionəˈspɪʃ ən

    considered likely to have done sth illegal

    Two men are under suspicion for the crime.


  1. suspicion(Noun)

    The act of suspecting something or someone, especially of something wrong.

  2. suspicion(Noun)

    The condition of being suspected.

  3. suspicion(Noun)

    Uncertainty, doubt.

  4. suspicion(Noun)

    A trace, or slight indication.

    a suspicion of a smile

  5. suspicion(Noun)

    The imagining of something without evidence.

  6. Origin: From Anglo‐French suspecioun, from suspeçun or sospeçon, from suspectionem, of the past participle from suspicere, from sub- with specere.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Suspicion(noun)

    the act of suspecting; the imagination or apprehension of the existence of something (esp. something wrong or hurtful) without proof, or upon very slight evidence, or upon no evidence

  2. Suspicion(noun)

    slight degree; suggestion; hint

  3. Suspicion(verb)

    to view with suspicion; to suspect; to doubt


  1. Suspicion

    Suspicion is a romantic psychological thriller directed by Alfred Hitchcock, and starring Cary Grant and Joan Fontaine as a married couple. It also stars Sir Cedric Hardwicke, Nigel Bruce, Dame May Whitty, Isabel Jeans, Heather Angel, and Leo G. Carroll. Joan Fontaine won the Academy Award for Best Actress. It is based on Francis Iles's 1932 novel Before the Fact.

British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'suspicion' in Nouns Frequency: #1693

Translations for suspicion

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


the process of suspecting or being suspected; the/a feeling causing a person to suspect

They looked at each other with suspicion; I have a suspicion that she is not telling the truth.

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