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suspense

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noun sus·pense \sə-ˈspen(t)s\

Simple Definition of suspense

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

Full Definition of suspense

  1. 1 :  the state of being suspended :  suspension

  2. 2a :  mental uncertainty :  anxietyb :  pleasant excitement as to a decision or outcome <a novel of suspense>

  3. 3 :  the state or character of being undecided or doubtful :  indecisiveness

sus·pense·ful play \-fəl\ adjective
sus·pense·ful·ly play \-fə-lē\ adverb
sus·pense·ful·ness play \-fəl-nəs\ noun
sus·pense·less play \-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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