- Suspicion is having a feeling, thinking or believing that someone is guilty of something.
An example of suspicion is a teacher having a feeling that one of their students cheated on a test.
- the act or an instance of suspecting guilt, a wrong, harmfulness, etc. with little or no supporting evidence
- the feeling or state of mind of a person who suspects
- a very small amount or degree; suggestion; inkling; trace
Origin of suspicionMiddle English suspecion ; from Anglo-French suspecioun ; from Old French sospeçon ; from Late Latin suspectio, origin, originally , a looking up to, esteeming, later with sense and spelling, spelled of Classical Latin suspicio, suspicion ; from Classical Latin suspectus, past participle of suspicere, to look up at, admire, look secretly at, mistrust, suspect
- The act or an instance of suspecting something on little or no evidence: His evasiveness aroused my suspicions.
- The condition of being suspected, especially of wrongdoing: held under suspicion of murder.
- The state or feeling of having no confidence or certainty about something; distrust: looked with suspicion on the claims in the brochure.
- A minute amount or slight indication; a trace: a suspicion of contempt in his voice.
transitive verbsus·pi·cioned, sus·pi·cion·ing, sus·pi·cions Informal
Origin of suspicionMiddle English, alteration (influenced by Old French suspicion) of suspecioun, from Anglo-Norman, variant of Old French sospeçon, from Latin suspectiō, suspectiōn-, from suspectus, past participle of suspicere, to watch; see suspect.
(third-person singular simple present suspicions, present participle suspicioning, simple past and past participle suspicioned)
- (nonstandard, dialect) To suspect; to have suspicions.
From Angloâ€French suspecioun, from Old French suspeÃ§un or sospeÃ§on, from Latin suspectionem, of the past participle from suspicere, from sub- (â€œup toâ€) with specere (â€œto look atâ€).