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.


  1. Suspicion

    Suspicion is a 1962 song originally recorded by Elvis Presley written by Doc Pomus and Mort Shuman which became a major hit in 1964 in a recording by Elvis Presley sound-alike Terry Stafford.


  1. suspicion

    Suspicion is the feeling or belief that someone may have committed a wrongdoing or is hiding something, without having concrete evidence. It often involves doubt, mistrust, or skepticism and can lead to further inquiry or investigation.

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. J. William Fulbright:

    When public men indulge themselves in abuse, when they deny others a fair trial, when they resort to innuendo and insinuation, to libel, scandal, and suspicion, then our democratic society is outraged, and democracy is baffled. It has no apparatus to deal with the boor, the liar, the lout, and the antidemocrat in general.

  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. David Fisher:

    My suspicion is, at the end of the day, because darkly-pigmented humans can still sunburn like crazy, melanin is not like a roof over your head. So it only has a certain amount of efficacy, so I'm not shocked that the increase was modest.

  4. The Facebook post:

    We’ve kicked off a court process to have it listed as unclaimed cash – but if you reckon this cash is yours, we’d be very keen to speak with you, and by speak with you, we definitely mean to ask where you got a suitcase full of cash from. We have a sneaking suspicion this isn’t your average pay pack.

  5. Howard Simon:

    After nearly four years of litigation, this ugly attack on poor Floridians has finally come to an end, this law was always about scoring political points on the backs of Florida's poor and treating them like suspected criminals without suspicion or evidence.

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