suspicion

[ suh-spish-uhn ]
/ səˈspɪʃ ən /

noun

verb (used with object)

Nonstandard. to suspect.

Origin of suspicion

1250–1300; Middle English < Latin suspīciōn- (stem of suspīciō), equivalent to suspīc- (variant stem of suspicere to look from below, suspect) + -iōn- -ion

SYNONYMS FOR suspicion

2 doubt, mistrust, misgiving. 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.

Related forms

pre·sus·pi·cion, nounself-sus·pi·cion, nounsu·per·sus·pi·cion, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for suspicion

suspicion

/ (səˈspɪʃən) /

noun

Derived Forms

suspicional, adjectivesuspicionless, adjective

Word Origin for suspicion

C14: from Old French sospeçon, from Latin suspīciō distrust, from suspicere to mistrust; see suspect
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Idioms and Phrases with suspicion

suspicion


see above suspicion.

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