What does suspicion mean?

Definitions for suspicion
səˈspɪʃ ənsus·pi·cion

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. intuition, hunch, suspicionnoun

    an impression that something might be the case

    "he had an intuition that something had gone wrong"

  2. misgiving, mistrust, distrust, suspicionnoun

    doubt about someone's honesty

  3. suspicionnoun

    the state of being suspected

    "he tried to shield me from suspicion"

  4. suspicion, suspiciousnessnoun

    being of a suspicious nature

    "his suspiciousness destroyed his marriage"


  1. suspicionnoun

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

  2. suspicionnoun

    The condition of being suspected.

  3. suspicionnoun

    Uncertainty, doubt.

  4. suspicionnoun

    A trace, or slight indication.

    a suspicion of a smile

  5. suspicionnoun

    The imagining of something without evidence.

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

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. SUSPICIONnoun

    The act of suspecting; imagination of something ill without proof.

    Etymology: suspicion, Fr. suspicio, Lat.

    This suspicion Miso for the hoggish shrewdness of her brain, and Mopsa for a very unlikely envy she hath stumbled upon. Philip Sidney.

    Suspicions amongst thoughts are like bats amongst birds, they ever fly by twilight; they are to be repressed, or at the least well guarded, for they cloud the mind. Francis Bacon.

    Suspicion all our lives shall be stuck full of eyes;
    For treason is but trusted like a fox,
    Who ne’er so tame, so cherish’d and lock’d up,
    Will have a wild trick of his ancestors. William Shakespeare.

    Though wisdom wake, suspicion sleeps
    At wisdom’s gate; and to simplicity
    Resigns her charge, while goodness thinks no ill
    Where no ill seems. John Milton, Parad. Lost.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Suspicionnoun

    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. Suspicionnoun

    slight degree; suggestion; hint

  3. Suspicionverb

    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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Suspicion

    sus-pish′un, n. act of suspecting: the imagining of something without evidence or on slender evidence: mistrust: (coll.) a slight quantity of, as of spirits.—adj. Suspi′cious, full of suspicion: showing suspicion: inclined to suspect: liable to suspicion, doubtful.—adv. Suspi′ciously.—n. Suspi′ciousness.

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  1. Nouns Frequency

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

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of suspicion in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of suspicion in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of suspicion in a Sentence

  1. Detective Inspector Paul Hughes:

    As a result of our ongoing inquiries we have today arrested a healthcare professional in connection with the investigation, she was arrested earlier this morning on suspicion of murder in relation to eight of the babies and attempted murder in relation to six of the babies and is currently in custody.

  2. Jeremy Wright:

    I think it would be an opportunity for him to make the case, and if he doesn't do that, there will be a suspicion — and indeed there is — that he doesn't have a good case to make.

  3. Greg Poland:

    What would increase the suspicion of coronavirus would be if you were short of breath, people can also develop pneumonia from the flu, which has a similar presentation, so either way you're going to want to seek medical attention.

  4. William Shakespeare:

    Suspicion always haunts the guilty mind; the thief doth fear each bush an officer.

  5. Bill Bradley:

    I better understand distrust and suspicion. I understand the meaning of certain looks and certain codes. I understand what it is to be in racial situations for which you have no frame of reference, i understand the tension of always being on guard, of never totally relaxing.

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    assist or encourage, usually in some wrongdoing
    • A. aberrate
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    • C. lucubrate
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