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Tuesday, January 09, 2018

Definitions for suspiration

  1. a long, deep sigh.

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Citations for suspiration
‘Tis not alone my inky cloak, good mother … Nor windy suspiration of forced breath ... That can denote me truly. William Shakespeare, Hamlet, 1603
... the breast dilated and swelled, as when one draws a heavy suspriation; no sound accompanied the motion. , "A Soldier's Recollections: A Ghost Story," Tait's Edinburgh Magazine, No. XIII, April 1883
Origin of suspiration
English suspiration comes directly from Latin suspīrātiōn-, the stem of the noun suspīrātiō “a sigh,” a derivative of the verb suspīrāre “to fetch a deep breath, breathe out, exclaim with a sigh.” The combining form su- is a reduced form of the preposition and prefix sub “under, from under.” The Latin verb spīrāre “to breathe” is also the source of English spirit and sprite. Suspiration entered English in the 16th century.