Suspense definition

sə-spĕns
The state of being undecided or undetermined.
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The quality in a work of narrative art, such as a novel or film, that causes the audience to experience pleasurable excitement and anticipation regarding an outcome.
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A state of usually anxious uncertainty, as in awaiting a decision.
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Anxiety or apprehension resulting from an uncertain, undecided, or mysterious situation.

The suspense as they were announcing the winners was unbearable.

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(archaic) The state or quality of being undecided, uncertain, or indecisive.

The suspense of judgment.

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The unpleasant emotion of anxiety or apprehension in an uncertain situation.
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(law) A temporary cessation of one's right; suspension, as when the rent or other profits of land cease by unity of possession of land and rent.
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(obsolete) Held or lifted up; held or prevented from proceeding.
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(obsolete) Expressing, or proceeding from, suspense or doubt.
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The growing interest and excitement felt while awaiting a climax or resolution, as of a novel, play, series of events, etc.
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Suspense is anxiety or a state of uncertainty or excitement about the resolution of something.

An example of suspense is wondering when the killer will strike while watching a horror movie.

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The condition of being suspended; cessation for a time.
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The pleasurable emotion of anticipation and excitement regarding the outcome or climax of a book, film etc.
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(rare) Suspension or interruption, as of a legal right.
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Origin of suspense

  • Middle English suspense delay, uncertainty from Old French souspense from souspens suspended from Latin suspēnsus past participle of suspendere to suspend suspend

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Anglo-Norman suspens as in e suspens, from Old French suspens.

    From Wiktionary