Definition of suspicion in English:


Line breaks: sus|pi¦cion
Pronunciation: /səˈspɪʃ(ə)n


  • 1A feeling or thought that something is possible, likely, or true: she had a sneaking suspicion that he was laughing at her
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    • Is her suspicion that all humans are capable of evil true?
    • I am now well into my third month of unpaid holiday and beginning to entertain the merest suggestion of an idea of a suspicion that I could get used to this.
    • Will's face was a picture of incredulous disbelief haunted by a suspicion that some of it could be true.
    intuition, feeling, impression, inkling, surmise, guess, conjecture, speculation, hunch, fancy, notion, supposition, view, belief, idea, conclusion, theory, thesis, hypothesis; presentiment, premonition
    informal gut feeling, feeling in one's bones, funny feeling, sixth sense
  • 1.1A feeling or belief that someone is guilty of an illegal, dishonest, or unpleasant action: police would not say what aroused their suspicions [mass noun]: he was arrested on suspicion of murder
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    • Two male employers were arrested on suspicion of employing illegal workers.
    • The Canadian police doubted he was a genuine amnesiac and held him on suspicion of being an illegal immigrant.
    • Most of the detainees have been arrested on suspicion of illegal stay.


above suspicion

Too obviously good or honest to be thought capable of wrongdoing.
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  • A significant proportion of the surface measurements are therefore suspect, while the atmospheric measurements are above suspicion and reliable.
  • The Republicans adopted the now-obsolete rule in 1993 as part of a campaign to portray themselves as ethically above suspicion.
  • That's not to say he was above suspicion for conventional terrorist attacks himself - he is believed responsible for a number of bombings and assassinations.

under suspicion

Thought to be guilty of wrongdoing.
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  • Maloney was already under suspicion by some district employees.
  • If people can't recognise the individual from this information, it means that every male TV presenter in the business is under suspicion.
  • Jones clearly was one of those under suspicion.


Middle English: from Anglo-Norman French suspeciun, from medieval Latin suspectio(n-), from suspicere 'mistrust'. The change in the second syllable was due to association with Old French suspicion (from Latin suspicio(n-) 'suspicion').

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