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[soop-sawn, soop-sawn]
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  1. a slight trace, as of a particular taste or flavor.
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Origin of soupçon

1760–70; < French: a suspicion, Middle French sospeçon < Late Latin suspectiōn- (stem of suspectiō), for Latin suspīciō suspicion


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dash, bit, hint, vestige.
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  1. a slight amount; dash
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Word Origin

C18: from French, ultimately from Latin suspicio suspicion
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Word Origin and History for soupcon


"a slight trace or suggestion," 1766, from French soupçon "suspicion," from Old French sospeçon "suspicion, worry, anxiety" (12c.), from Late Latin suspectionem (see suspicion).

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