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[suh-spish-uh n] /səˈspɪʃ ən/
act of suspecting.
the state of mind or feeling of one who suspects:
Suspicion kept him awake all night long.
an instance of suspecting something or someone.
state of being suspected:
under suspicion; above suspicion.
imagination of anything to be the case or to be likely; a vague notion of something.
a slight trace, hint, or suggestion:
a suspicion of a smile.
verb (used with object)
Nonstandard. to suspect.
Origin of suspicion
1250-1300; Middle English < Latin suspīciōn- (stem of suspīciō), equivalent to suspīc- (variant stem of suspicere to look from below, suspect) + -iōn- -ion
Related forms
presuspicion, noun
self-suspicion, noun
supersuspicion, noun
2. doubt, mistrust, misgiving. 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. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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Examples from the Web for suspicion
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  • But, save for the faithful Zizi, he could find no one to share his suspicion.

  • "We may have plenty of it yet," replied the lieutenant, with a suspicion of uneasiness in his tone.

    A Prisoner of Morro Upton Sinclair
  • There was a little weasel-faced German who excited her suspicion at once.

    Gypsy Flight Roy J. Snell
  • No one out of the house had a suspicion how far their poverty had gone.

    Deerbrook Harriet Martineau
  • Now, if there is a great similarity in those prices, suspicion will be aroused.

    Uncle Sam Detective William Atherton Du Puy
British Dictionary definitions for suspicion


the act or an instance of suspecting; belief without sure proof, esp that something is wrong
the feeling of mistrust of a person who suspects
the state of being suspected: to be shielded from suspicion
a slight trace
above suspicion, in such a position that no guilt may be thought or implied, esp through having an unblemished reputation
on suspicion, as a suspect
under suspicion, regarded with distrust
Derived Forms
suspicional, adjective
suspicionless, adjective
Word Origin
C14: from Old French sospeçon, from Latin suspīciō distrust, from suspicere to mistrust; see suspect
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Word Origin and History for suspicion

late 13c., from Anglo-French suspecioun, from Old French suspeçun, sospeçon "mistrust, suspicion" (French soupçon), from Latin suspectionem (nominative suspectio) "mistrust, suspicion, fear, awe," from past participle stem of suspicere "look up at" (see suspect). Spelling in English influenced 14c. by learned Old French forms closer to Latin suspicionem.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Idioms and Phrases with suspicion


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