Simple Definition of suspense
: a feeling or state of nervousness or excitement caused by wondering what will happen
Full Definition of suspense
suspensefulplay \-fəl\ adjective
suspensefullyplay \-fə-lē\ adverb
suspensefulnessplay \-fəl-nəs\ noun
suspenselessplay \-ləs\ adjective
Examples of suspense in a sentence
I can't bear the suspense.
The suspense builds as the story progresses.
Alfred Hitchcock was a master of suspense.
The movie is a suspense thriller.
Origin and Etymology of suspense
Middle English, from Anglo-French, from suspendre
First Known Use: 15th century
Rhymes with suspense
defense, expense, horse sense, incense, nonsense, past tense, sequence, sixth sense
SUSPENSE Defined for Kids
Definition of suspense for Students
: 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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