- act of suspecting.
- the state of mind or feeling of one who suspects: Suspicion kept him awake all night long.
- an instance of suspecting something or someone.
- state of being suspected: under suspicion; above suspicion.
- imagination of anything to be the case or to be likely; a vague notion of something.
- a slight trace, hint, or suggestion: a suspicion of a smile.
- Nonstandard. to suspect.
Origin of suspicion
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Examples from the Web for suspicion
Father Joel Román Salazar died in a car crash in 2013; his death was ruled an accident, but the suspicion of foul play persists.Mexico’s Priests Are Marked for Murder
January 7, 2015
Those who served abroad were treated with suspicion that they had been infected by European diplomacy.U.S. Embassies Have Always Been for Sale
January 2, 2015
Sena might have felt insulated from suspicion in part because of his friendly relationship with local police.The Father Who Made His Kids Have Sex With a Dog
John L. Smith
December 16, 2014
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
November 17, 2014
Assessing rape allegations gets still more challenging in the Middle East, where even the suspicion of rape can break families.Escaping Assad’s Rape Prisons: A Survivor Tells Her Story
October 28, 2014
Mrs. Van Geist fixed her niece with a sudden look of suspicion.The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
No suspicion or fear can be rightly directed toward our country.
At the same time there was not a suspicion of truculence or even repulse in his carriage.
There is some suspicion that the names have been interchanged.The Dramatic Values in Plautus
Wilton Wallace Blancke
In the meantime he will go home, and not a suspicion will be roused.
- the act or an instance of suspecting; belief without sure proof, esp that something is wrong
- the feeling of mistrust of a person who suspects
- the state of being suspectedto be shielded from suspicion
- a slight trace
- above suspicion in such a position that no guilt may be thought or implied, esp through having an unblemished reputation
- on suspicion as a suspect
- under suspicion regarded with distrust
Word Origin and History for suspicion
late 13c., from Anglo-French suspecioun, from Old French suspeçun, sospeçon "mistrust, suspicion" (French soupçon), from Latin suspectionem (nominative suspectio) "mistrust, suspicion, fear, awe," from past participle stem of suspicere "look up at" (see suspect). Spelling in English influenced 14c. by learned Old French forms closer to Latin suspicionem.
Idioms and Phrases with suspicion
see above suspicion.