[ suh-spish-uhn ]
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  1. act of suspecting.

  2. the state of mind or feeling of one who suspects: Suspicion kept him awake all night long.

  1. an instance of suspecting something or someone.

  2. state of being suspected: under suspicion; above suspicion.

  3. imagination of anything to be the case or to be likely; a vague notion of something.

  4. a slight trace, hint, or suggestion: a suspicion of a smile.

verb (used with object)
  1. Nonstandard. to suspect.

Origin of suspicion

First recorded in 1250–1300; Middle English, from Latin suspīciōn- (stem of suspīciō), equivalent to suspīc- (variant stem of suspicere “to look from below, suspect” ) + -iōn--ion;see suspect

synonym study For suspicion

2. 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.

Other words for suspicion

Other words from suspicion

  • pre·sus·pi·cion, noun
  • self-sus·pi·cion, noun
  • su·per·sus·pi·cion, noun

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How to use suspicion in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for suspicion


/ (səˈspɪʃən) /

  1. the act or an instance of suspecting; belief without sure proof, esp that something is wrong

  2. the feeling of mistrust of a person who suspects

  1. the state of being suspected: to be shielded from suspicion

  2. a slight trace

  3. above suspicion in such a position that no guilt may be thought or implied, esp through having an unblemished reputation

  4. on suspicion as a suspect

  5. under suspicion regarded with distrust

Origin of suspicion

C14: from Old French sospeçon, from Latin suspīciō distrust, from suspicere to mistrust; see suspect

Derived forms of suspicion

  • suspicional, adjective
  • suspicionless, adjective

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Other Idioms and Phrases with suspicion


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