noun sus·pi·cion \sə-ˈspi-shən\

: a feeling that someone is possibly guilty of a crime or of doing something wrong

: a feeling that something bad is likely or true

: a feeling of doubt

Full Definition of SUSPICION

a :  the act or an instance of suspecting something wrong without proof or on slight evidence :  mistrust
b :  a state of mental uneasiness and uncertainty :  doubt
:  a barely detectable amount :  trace <just a suspicion of garlic>

Examples of SUSPICION

  1. There has long been a suspicion that the painting is a fake.
  2. I thought the water might be making us sick, and my suspicions were confirmed by the lab tests.
  3. The note aroused her suspicions that he was having an affair.
  4. I have a sneaking suspicion that those cookies aren't really homemade.
  5. The new policies are regarded by many with suspicion.
  6. His story has raised some suspicion.
  7. I have my suspicions about his motives.


Middle English suspecioun, from Anglo-French, from Latin suspicion-, suspicio, from suspicere to suspect — more at suspect
First Known Use: 14th century


transitive verb
sus·pi·cionedsus·pi·cion·ing \-ˈspi-sh(ə-)niŋ\

Definition of SUSPICION

chiefly dialect
:  suspect

Examples of SUSPICION

  1. <no one will ever suspicion that I'm the one who pulled the prank>

First Known Use of SUSPICION

circa 1637


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