Origin of suspect

1250–1300; Middle English (adj.) < Latin suspectāre, equivalent to su- su- + spectāre, frequentative of specere to look at
Related formssus·pect·i·ble, adjectivenon·sus·pect, noun, adjectivepre·sus·pect, verb (used with object)un·sus·pect·ing, adjectiveun·sus·pect·ing·ly, adverb

Synonyms for suspect

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Historical Examples of suspect

  • I suspect that she was the means of influencing so large a purchase.

    Brave and Bold

    Horatio Alger

  • "I suspect that I have been deceived," said Mr. Morgan, gravely.

    Brave and Bold

    Horatio Alger

  • I suspect man has more to do with the unmaking than the making of either.

    Weighed and Wanting

    George MacDonald

  • He began to suspect that he was being cheated into listening to a Bible story.

  • Like Hamlet, too, this Richard is quick to suspect even his friends' loyalty.


British Dictionary definitions for suspect

suspect

verb (səˈspɛkt)

(tr) to believe guilty of a specified offence without proof
(tr) to think false, questionable, etcshe suspected his sincerity
(tr; may take a clause as object) to surmise to be the case; think probableto suspect fraud
(intr) to have suspicion

noun (ˈsʌspɛkt)

a person who is under suspicion

adjective (ˈsʌspɛkt)

causing or open to suspicion
Derived Formssuspecter, nounsuspectless, adjective

Word Origin for suspect

C14: from Latin suspicere to mistrust, from sub- + specere to look
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Word Origin and History for suspect
adj.

mid-14c., from Old French suspect "suspicious," from Latin suspectus "suspected, suspicious," past participle of suspicere "look up at, mistrust, suspect," from sub "up to" + specere "to look at" (see scope (n.1)). The notion is of "look at secretly," hence, "look at distrustfully." The verb is attested from late 15c.; the noun meaning "a suspected person" is first recorded 1590s. Related: Suspected; suspecting.

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