Origin of suspense
Related Words for suspensestension, anxiety, apprehension, confusion, uncertainty, doubt, insecurity, thriller, expectancy, hesitation, impatience, expectation, indecision, wavering, irresolution, perplexity, dilemma, eagerness, hesitancy, indecisiveness
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She depicted the character of her husband, and the whole train of suspenses and inquietudes occasioned by his disappearance.
What perplexities, misunderstandings, and suspenses might not grow out of this uncertainty?
Word Origin for suspense
c.1400, "not being executed, unfulfilled" (of legal matters), from Anglo-French suspens (in en suspens "in abeyance," c.1300), from Old French suspens "act of suspending," from Latin suspensus, past participle of suspendere (see suspend). Meaning "state of mental uncertainty" (mid-15c.) is from legal meaning of "not rendered, not paid, not carried out" (e.g. suspended sentence). As a genre of novels, stories, etc., attested from 1952.