suspicion

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From Anglo‐French suspecioun, from Old French suspeçun or sospeçon, from Latin suspectionem, of the past participle from suspicere, from sub- (up to) with specere (to look at).

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Noun[edit]

suspicion (plural suspicions)

  1. ​The act of suspecting something or someone, especially of something wrong.
  2. The condition of being suspected.
  3. Uncertainty, doubt.
  4. A trace, or slight indication.
    a suspicion of a smile
    • A. W. Ward
      The features are mild but expressive, with just a suspicion [] of saturnine or sarcastic humor.
  5. The imagining of something without evidence.

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Verb[edit]

suspicion (third-person singular simple present suspicions, present participle suspicioning, simple past and past participle suspicioned)

  1. (nonstandard, dialect) To suspect; to have suspicions.
    • Rudyard Kipling
      Mulvaney continued— "Whin I was full awake the palanquin was set down in a street, I suspicioned, for I cud hear people passin' an' talkin'. But I knew well I was far from home. []
    • 2012, B. M. Bower, Cow-Country (page 195)
      "I've been suspicioning here was where they got their information right along," the sheriff commented, and slipped the handcuffs on the landlord.

References[edit]

  • suspicion” in Douglas Harper, Online Etymology Dictionary (2001).