- suspition (obsolete)
From Middle English [Term?], borrowed from Latin suspiciō, suspiciōnem, from suspicere, from sub- (“up to”) with specere (“to look at”). Perhaps partly through the influence of Old French sospeçon (or rather the Anglo-Norman form suspecioun).
- The act of suspecting something or someone, especially of something wrong.
- 1620, Giovanni Bocaccio, John Florio, transl., The Decameron, Containing an Hundred Pleaſant Nouels: Wittily Diſcourſed, Betweene Seuen Honourable Ladies, and Three Noble Gentlemen, Isaac Iaggard, Nouell 8, The Eighth Day:
- […] purſued his vnneighbourly purpoſe in ſuch ſort: that hee being the ſtronger perſwader, and ſhe (belike) too credulous in beleeuing or elſe ouer-feeble in reſiſting, from priuate imparlance, they fell to action; and continued their cloſe fight a long while together, vnſeene and vvithout ſuſpition, no doubt to their equall ioy and contentment.
- The condition of being suspected.
- Uncertainty, doubt.
- 1892, Walter Besant, chapter III, in The Ivory Gate: A Novel, New York, N.Y.: Harper & Brothers, […], OCLC 16832619:
- In former days every tavern of repute kept such a room for its own select circle, a club, or society, of habitués, who met every evening, for a pipe and a cheerful glass. […] Strangers might enter the room, but they were made to feel that they were there on sufferance: they were received with distance and suspicion.
- A trace, or slight indication.
- a suspicion of a smile
- (Can we date this quote by Adolphus William Ward and provide title, author's full name, and other details?)
- The features are mild but expressive, with just a suspicion […] of saturnine or sarcastic humor.
- The imagining of something without evidence.
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- (nonstandard, dialect) To suspect; to have suspicions.
- 1891, Rudyard Kipling, “The Incarnation of Krishna Mulvaney”, in Life's Handicap:
- 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.
- “suspicion” in Douglas Harper, Online Etymology Dictionary, 2001–2020.
suspicion f (plural suspicions)