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
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 tale of romantic suspense is set in 1920s Florida.
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.
Shark By Brian Skerry Forget the suspense and gore of Jaws or the hyperbolic titillation of many television docudramas.
SAN DIEGO - A symphonic score filled the former Shamu Stadium at SeaWorld, the tempo building suspense as footage of an icy landscape in Antarctica moved across a 140-foot-wide screen.
Comey’s opening remarks, whether intentionally or not, have been composed with a tone bordering on suspense thriller.
By abandoning the world’s chief effort to slow the tide of planetary warming, Trump was fulfilling a top campaign pledge after weeks of building up suspense over his decision.
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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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