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From Middle English [Term?], borrowed from Latin suspiciō, suspiciōnem[1], 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).


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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.
  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
    • (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.
  5. The imagining of something without evidence.

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

  1. (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.


One of three common words ending in -cion, which are coercion, scion, and suspicion.[2][3]


  • suspicion” in Douglas Harper, Online Etymology Dictionary, 2001–2020.
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  2. ^ Notes and Queries, Vol. VI, No. 10, 1889, October, p. 365
  3. ^ Editor and Publisher, Volume 9, 1909, p. 89



Borrowed from Latin suspiciō, suspiciōnem. Confer soupçon, derived from a related root but not an actual doublet.



suspicion f (plural suspicions)

  1. suspicion