suspense

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From Anglo-Norman suspens as in e suspens, from Old French suspens.

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Noun[edit]

suspense (uncountable)

  1. The condition of being suspended; cessation for a time.
    • Alexander Pope
      a cool suspense from pleasure and from pain
  2. the pleasurable emotion of anticipation and excitement regarding the outcome or climax of a book, film etc.
  3. The unpleasant emotion of anxiety or apprehension in an uncertain situation.
    • Denham
      Ten days the prophet in suspense remained.
  4. (law) A temporary cessation of one's right; suspension, as when the rent or other profits of land cease by unity of possession of land and rent.

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Adjective[edit]

suspense (not comparable)

  1. (obsolete) Held or lifted up; held or prevented from proceeding.
    • Milton
      [The great light of day] suspense in heaven.
  2. (obsolete) Expressing, or proceeding from, suspense or doubt.
    • Milton
      Expectation held his look suspense.

French[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

Nominalisation of the feminine form of suspens.

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Noun[edit]

suspense f (plural suspenses)

  1. suspense (state of being suspended)

Etymology 2[edit]

Borrowing from English suspense, itself from Old French.

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Noun[edit]

suspense m (plural suspenses)

  1. suspense (emotion; feeling)
    Cet acteur a joué dans plusieurs films à suspense.
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Galician[edit]

Etymology[edit]

French suspense, from English.

Noun[edit]

suspense m (plural suspenses)

  1. suspense
  2. thriller

Italian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowing from English suspense

Noun[edit]

suspense f (invariable)

  1. suspense (all senses)

Latin[edit]

Participle[edit]

suspense

  1. vocative masculine singular of suspensus

Spanish[edit]

Etymology[edit]

French suspense, from English.

Noun[edit]

suspense m (plural suspenses)

  1. suspense
  2. thriller