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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).



suspicion ‎(plural suspicions)

  1. ​The act of suspecting something or someone, especially of something wrong.
  2. The condition of being suspected.
  3. Uncertainty, doubt.
    • 1893, Walter Besant, The Ivory Gate, chapter III:
      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).



suspicion f ‎(plural suspicions)

  1. suspicion