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


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  • IPA(key): /sə.ˈspɪ.ʃən/
  • Rhymes: -ɪʃən


suspicion (countable and uncountable, plural suspicions)

  1. The act of suspecting something or someone, especially of something wrong.
    • 1967, Sleigh, Barbara, Jessamy, 1993 edition, Sevenoaks, Kent: Bloomsbury, →ISBN, page 96:
      His unruly hair was slicked down with water, and as Jessamy introduced him to Miss Brindle his face assumed a cherubic innocence which would immediately have aroused the suspicions of anyone who knew him.
  2. The condition of being suspected.
  3. 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.
  4. A trace, or slight indication.
    a suspicion of a smile
    • Adolphus William Ward (1837-1924)
      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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One of three common words ending in -cion, which are coercion, scion, and suspicion.[1][2]


  1. ^ Notes and Queries, Vol. VI, No. 10, 1889, October, p. 365
  2. ^ Editor and Publisher, Volume 9, 1909, p. 89


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.


  • suspicion” in Douglas Harper, Online Etymology Dictionary, 2001–2018.




suspicion f (plural suspicions)

  1. suspicion