Origin of suspicious
OTHER WORDS FROM suspicious
Words nearby suspicious
What does suspicious mean?
To be suspicious is to have a suspicion about someone or something, especially to have a feeling of distrust about the person or thing. To be suspicious of someone most often involves suspecting that they are engaged in some wrongdoing, as in My parents became suspicious of me when I kept asking whether they’d be home tomorrow.
The word is commonly used to describe a person who is suspicious of someone or something in a specific situation. Sometimes, though, it’s used to describe a person who’s suspicious in general—meaning that they’re generally skeptical or distrustful. It can also be used to describe something, such as an action, that indicates that a person is suspicious, as in She gave me a suspicious look that meant she knew I was up to something.
Suspicious can also be used to describe someone or something that causes suspicion, as in The guards are trained to identify suspicious people, suspicious behavior, and suspicious packages.
Being suspicious 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. The same thing is implied by the verb suspect and the noun suspicion.
Suspicious is most commonly used in negative contexts, but this isn’t always the case. For example, you might be suspicious that someone is planning a surprise party for you.
Example: Police are encouraging citizens to alert the authorities if they see any suspicious activity on the subway.
Where does suspicious come from?
The first records of the word suspicious come from the 1300s. It comes from the Latin Latin suspīciōsus, from the verb suspicere, “to mistrust.”
The word suspect is based on the same root as suspicious (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 be suspicious about something is to suspect something about it. Suspect can even be used as an adjective to mean about the same thing as suspicious, as in It seemed a bit suspect at the time.
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What are some other forms related to suspicious?
- suspiciously (adverb)
- suspiciousness (noun)
- suspicion (noun)
What are some synonyms for suspicious?
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How is suspicious used in real life?
Suspicious is usually (though not always) used in negative contexts, especially ones involving someone doing something wrong. It always implies some level of uncertainty about what is happening.
It just occurred to me that I've been in toxic relationships that have caused me to run from genuine sweet guys in my life. It's not that I don't like nice guys. They just scare me. I get overly suspicious because their behavior is so different.
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Which of the following words can be a synonym of suspicious?
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How to use suspicious in a sentence
In general, Frawley is suspicious of ideas that seem good but may be more complex in reality.
Finma doesn’t have the power to fine a bank, but it can demand repayment of profits deemed illicit or otherwise suspicious.Swiss regulators extend probe into spying at Credit Suisse|kdunn6|September 2, 2020|Fortune
Indeed, I suspect there are some people who would be rightfully suspicious of changing their thinking to being habitually scientific.How Pseudoscientists Get Away With It - Facts So Romantic|Stuart Firestein|August 28, 2020|Nautilus
People are suspicious and don’t trust advertising, thinking that ads may lead to fraud or that advertisers act only to their own benefit and that the consumers will get no value out these promotional banners sitting around the content they visit.Five great display and video advertising tactics to increase relevance and revenue in a cookie-less world|Anastasia-Yvoni Spiliopoulou|August 24, 2020|Search Engine Watch
This suggests the USPIS may have learned of the fraud as a result of suspicious bank transfers.
They apparently took that as a sign of suspicious activity, even though that can be a hallmark of people on the autism spectrum.Worse Than Eric Garner: Cops Who Got Away With Killing Autistic Men and Little Girls|Emily Shire|December 4, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Onscreen, Teller is a bit like a young Vince Vaughn—gregarious, charming, and a tad suspicious.Miles Teller’s Movie Star Moment: From the Brink of Death to ‘Whiplash’|Marlow Stern|October 14, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Black people, especially young black men, are regarded as suspicious, threatening and potentially dangerous.
With this track record, how could the American people be anything other than suspicious of war?
Over dinner, an elderly waitress at a nearby restaurant thought the timing of the attack was suspicious.
It is a vile world because it is an under-educated world, unreasonable, suspicious, base and ferocious.The Salvaging Of Civilisation|H. G. (Herbert George) Wells
Why did he not exercise more precaution when investigating anything so suspicious as a concealed fire?Raw Gold|Bertrand W. Sinclair
"I ask no promise from you," continued the excited and suspicious man, writhing under a sense of his helplessness.
And here he might have stopped with safety; but his roused, suspicious, sensitive nature, would not suffer him.
James Otis recovered from a temporary fit of insanity only to grow strangely suspicious of Samuel Adams.The Eve of the Revolution|Carl Becker