noun sus·pense \sə-ˈspen(t)s\

: a feeling or state of nervousness or excitement caused by wondering what will happen

Full Definition of SUSPENSE

:  the state of being suspended :  suspension
a :  mental uncertainty :  anxiety
b :  pleasant excitement as to a decision or outcome <a novel of suspense>
:  the state or character of being undecided or doubtful :  indecisiveness
sus·pense·ful \-fəl\ adjective
sus·pense·ful·ly \-fə-lē\ adverb
sus·pense·ful·ness \-fəl-nəs\ noun
sus·pense·less \-ləs\ adjective

Examples of SUSPENSE

  1. I can't bear the suspense.
  2. The suspense builds as the story progresses.
  3. Alfred Hitchcock was a master of suspense.
  4. The movie is a suspense thriller.

Origin of SUSPENSE

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from suspendre
First Known Use: 15th century
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noun sus·pense \sə-ˈspens\

Definition of SUSPENSE for Kids

:  uncertainty, worry, or excitement in wondering about the result of something <Annemarie always tried … to build up the suspense and tantalize her sister. — Lois Lowry, Number the Stars>


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