Definition of suspicion in English:


Syllabification: sus·pi·cion
Pronunciation: /səˈspiSHən


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.
presentiment, premonition
informal gut 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 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.
1.2Cautious distrust: her activities were regarded with suspicion by the headmistress
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  • Eventually, the children may come to regard their fathers with suspicion and distrust.
  • He also learned that tweens are apt to regard big marketing blitzes with suspicion and distrust.
  • On the other hand, there was suspicion, distrust, and hatred.
misgiving, doubt, qualm, reservation, hesitation, question;
2A very slight trace of something: a suspicion of a smile
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  • It shows no great sense of sportsmanship, but rather invokes a suspicion of envy of some kind.
  • Back in the brave old days of 1953, there were no avocados, no kiwi fruit, and not a suspicion of mozzarella and tomato pizza.
trace, touch, suggestion, hint, soupçon, tinge, shade, whiff, bit, drop, dash, taste, jot, mite


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').


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.

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