suspense

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noun sus·pense \sə-ˈspen(t)s\

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

suspenseful

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suspensefully

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suspensefulness

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suspenseless

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Examples of suspense in a Sentence

  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 and Etymology of suspense

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from suspendre


First Known Use: 15th century



SUSPENSE Defined for English Language Learners

suspense

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noun sus·pense \sə-ˈspen(t)s\

Definition of suspense for English Language Learners

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


SUSPENSE Defined for Kids

suspense

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noun sus·pense \sə-ˈspens\

Definition of suspense for Students

  1. :  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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