Definition of suspense
- a novel of suspense
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.
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First Known Use: 15th centurySee Words from the same year
: a feeling or state of nervousness or excitement caused by wondering what will happen
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