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.
Recent Examples of suspense from the Web
These passages add emotional texture to the tale, but little suspense.
All this builds suspense for That Magical Moment when the future parents jointly cut into fondant cake, gasping at the surprising sight of pink or blue filling.
A little better staging work might keep the audience in more suspense.
Anjum’s story is fairly linear, but Tilo’s leaps around in time, keeping the reader in suspense about her enigmatic life.
This 2016 drama, based on a fictionalized account of a real-life family, fails to build much suspense despite an intriguing concept.
This tale of romantic suspense is set in 1920s Florida.
This sci-fi/suspense thriller is about an MIT student and a tech billionaire who team up to save the world from an asteroid.
BLESSED BE THE FINALE VF.com’s Laura Bradley e-mails: The Handmaid’s Tale’s first season ended Wednesday, leaving everyone in suspense regarding what might come next for Offred.
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Origin and Etymology of suspense
Middle English, from Anglo-French, from suspendre
First Known Use: 15th centurySee Words from the same year
SUSPENSE Defined for English Language Learners
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
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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