verb (used with object)
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Origin of suspicion
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OTHER WORDS FROM suspicionpre·sus·pi·cion, nounself-sus·pi·cion, nounsu·per·sus·pi·cion, noun
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What does suspicion mean?
Suspicion is the state or act of suspecting something—having a sense that it may be true without knowing with certainty.
Suspicion can also refer to this sense, as in I had a suspicion that I was going to be fired, or an instance of suspecting someone of something, as in My suspicions turned out to be right—they had been stealing from the register.
A suspicion is usually based on something, such as a hunch or some kind of evidence, but the word is typically used in situations in which there is some doubt—when someone suspects something, but isn’t sure.
Suspicion is most commonly used in negative contexts, but this isn’t always the case. For example, you might have a suspicion that someone is planning a surprise party for you.
Suspicion can also refer to a state of mind, as in He’s always been prone to suspicion. To regard something with suspicion is to regard it with distrust.
Sometimes, suspicion refers to the state of being suspected, especially of a crime or other wrongdoing. This sense of the word is often used in phrases like under suspicion and on suspicion of, as in He was arrested on suspicion of robbery.
Someone who’s considered highly trustworthy might be described as above suspicion, meaning you would never suspect them of doing anything wrong.
The adjective suspicious can describe a person who has suspicions about others, as in My parents got suspicious when I kept asking whether they’d be home tomorrow, or someone or something that arouses suspicion, as in a suspicious package.
Example: We have suspected it all along, and what happened today confirmed our suspicions.
Where does suspicion come from?
The first records of the word suspicion come from the 1200s. It comes from the Latin suspīciō, meaning “distrust,” from the verb suspicere, “to mistrust.”
The word suspect is based on the same root as suspicion (ultimately coming from the Latin specere, meaning “to observe,” or “to keep an eye on”) and is often used in many of the same contexts. To suspect something is to have a suspicion. A person investigated or arrested on suspicion of having committed a crime is called a suspect.
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What are some other forms related to suspicion?
- suspicious (adjective)
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What are some words that often get used in discussing suspicion?
How is suspicion used in real life?
Suspicion is usually (though not always) used in negative contexts, especially ones involving someone doing something wrong. It always implies that what’s being suspected isn’t known for sure.
i have a suspicion that tik tok was intentionally named to mock our inability to properly manage time while on it. this time warp portal of an app is 100% intentional and they are subliminally rubbing it in our faces.
— lianna (@lianna3125) January 20, 2021
As we watched and divided briefly glimpsed body parts by two, we had begun to suspect that there was more than one chick in the #redtailedhawk nest. Suspicions were confirmed! Two little #raptor heads appeared! 🦖🦖🦖 #TwitterNatureCommunity #BirdPhotography #BirdsOfPrey #Birds pic.twitter.com/69CH0shRJH
— Dr Gail Barnes (@ZAGrrl) December 2, 2020
— Reuters (@Reuters) January 14, 2021
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Example sentences from the Web for suspicion
The anti-vaccine movement is based on suspicion of authority, beginning with medical authority.How Pseudoscientists Get Away With It - Facts So Romantic|Stuart Firestein|August 28, 2020|Nautilus
Some of the more general objections to the project may have more to do with suspicions of government and for-profit businesses than with mosquito biology.Genetically modified mosquitoes have been OK’d for a first U.S. test flight|Susan Milius|August 22, 2020|Science News
When two more people were beaten the next day, apparently on the same suspicion, the government shut off the state’s internet to stop the rumors from spreading.How India became the world’s leader in internet shutdowns|Katie McLean|August 19, 2020|MIT Technology Review
Indeed, despite the algorithm’s somewhat weird writing pattern and occasional errors, only three or four of the dozens of people who commented on his top post on Hacker News raised suspicions that it might have been generated by an algorithm.
Menzie Chinn, an economist at the University of Madison-Wisconsin, said the July jobs report only confirmed his suspicion that the economic recovery was starting to plateau.What Economists Fear Will Happen Without More Unemployment Aid|Amelia Thomson-DeVeaux|August 11, 2020|FiveThirtyEight
Father Joel Román Salazar died in a car crash in 2013; his death was ruled an accident, but the suspicion of foul play persists.
Those who served abroad were treated with suspicion that they had been infected by European diplomacy.
In Romneyland, the super PAC is being met with real suspicion and skepticism.
Sena might have felt insulated from suspicion in part because of his friendly relationship with local police.
Suspicion has focused on the government of Qatar, which has strong ties to Nusra, as the source of the money.A 26-Year-Old Woman Is ISIS’s Last American Hostage|Shane Harris|November 17, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Any one may possess the portrait of a tragedian without exciting suspicion or comment.The Awakening and Selected Short Stories|Kate Chopin
He learned the series by heart without any suspicion that he was committing it to memory.Assimilative Memory|Marcus Dwight Larrowe (AKA Prof. A. Loisette)
Hilda impetuously turned her head; their glances met for an instant, in suspicion, challenge, animosity.Hilda Lessways|Arnold Bennett
She watched him, and suddenly a suspicion darted through her mind—a suspicion that he suspected them.St. Martin's Summer|Rafael Sabatini
Doubt, suspicion, anger clouded vision; pain routed the impersonal conception.The Wave|Algernon Blackwood
British Dictionary definitions for suspicion
Derived forms of suspicionsuspicional, adjectivesuspicionless, adjective
Word Origin for suspicion
Idioms and Phrases with suspicion
see above suspicion.