suspense

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From Middle English suspense, suspence, from Anglo-Norman suspens (as in en suspens) and Old French suspens, from Latin suspēnsus.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (file)
  • IPA(key): /səˈspɛns/
  • Rhymes: -ɛns

Noun[edit]

suspense (usually uncountable, plural suspenses)

  1. The condition of being suspended; cessation for a time.
    • 1717, Pope, Alexander, Eloisa to Abelard, lines 249–252; republished in The Complete Poetical Works of Alexander Pope, Boston, New York: Houghton, Mifflin and Company, 1902, page 113:
      For thee the Fates, severely kind, ordain / A cool suspense from pleasure and from pain; / Thy life a long dead calm of fix'd repose; / No pulse that riots, and no blood that glows.
  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.
    • 1656, John Denham, The Destruction of Troy
      Ten days the prophet in suspense remain'd.
  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.
  2. (obsolete) Expressing, or proceeding from, suspense or doubt.

French[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

Nominalisation of the feminine form of suspens.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

suspense f (plural suspenses)

  1. suspense (state of being suspended)

Etymology 2[edit]

Borrowed from English suspense, itself from Old French suspense. Doublet of suspens.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

suspense m (plural suspenses)

  1. suspense (emotion; feeling)
    Cet acteur a joué dans plusieurs films à suspense.
    This actor played in a lot of thrillers.

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Galician[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From French suspense, from English suspense.

Noun[edit]

suspense m (plural suspenses)

  1. suspense
  2. thriller

Italian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from English suspense.

Noun[edit]

suspense f (invariable)

  1. suspense (all senses)

Latin[edit]

Participle[edit]

suspēnse

  1. vocative masculine singular of suspēnsus

References[edit]

  • suspense in Charlton T. Lewis and Charles Short, A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1879
  • suspense in Gaffiot, Félix, Dictionnaire illustré Latin-Français, Hachette, 1934

Portuguese[edit]

Noun[edit]

suspense m (plural suspenses)

  1. suspense (the excited anticipation of an outcome)
  2. (fiction) thriller (a suspenseful, sensational genre of fiction)

Spanish[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From French suspense, from English suspense.

Noun[edit]

suspense m (plural suspenses)

  1. (Spain) suspense
    Synonym: suspenso (Latin America)
  2. thriller

Derived terms[edit]