• WordNet 3.6
    • n suspicion being of a suspicious nature "his suspiciousness destroyed his marriage"
    • n suspicion doubt about someone's honesty
    • n suspicion an impression that something might be the case "he had an intuition that something had gone wrong"
    • n suspicion the state of being suspected "he tried to shield me from suspicion"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Suspicion Slight degree; suggestion; hint. "The features are mild but expressive, with just a suspicion . . . of saturnine or sarcastic humor."
    • Suspicion The act of suspecting; the imagination or apprehension of the existence of something (esp. something wrong or hurtful) without proof, or upon very slight evidence, or upon no evidence. "Suspicions among thoughts are like bats among birds, they ever fly by twilight."
    • v. t Suspicion To view with suspicion; to suspect; to doubt.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n suspicion The act of suspecting; the feeling of one who suspects; the sentiment or passion which is excited by signs of evil, danger, or the like, without sufficient proof; the imagination of the existence of something, especially something wrong, without proof or with but slight proof.
    • n suspicion Thought.
    • n suspicion Suggestion; hint; small quantity; slight degree.
    • n suspicion Synonyms Jealousy, distrust, mistrust, doubt, fear, misgiving.
    • suspicion To regard with suspicion; suspect; mistrust; doubt.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Suspicion sus-pish′un act of suspecting: the imagining of something without evidence or on slender evidence: mistrust:
    • n Suspicion sus-pish′un (coll.) a slight quantity of, as of spirits
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  • Samuel Butler
    “A man should be just cultured enough to be able to look with suspicion upon culture at first, not second hand.”
  • Wilson Mizner
    “A fellow who is always declaring that he's no fool, usually has his suspicions.”
  • Sir Max Beerbohm
    “The dullard's envy of brilliant men is always assuaged by the suspicion that they will come to a bad end.”
  • William Shakespeare
    “Suspicion always haunts the guilty mind; the thief doth fear each bush an officer.”
  • E. V. Lucas
    E. V. Lucas
    “Suspicion of happiness is in our blood.”
  • Hosea Ballou
    “Suspicion is far more to be wrong than right; more often unjust than just. It is no friend to virtue, and always an enemy to happiness.”


Cloud of suspicion - If a cloud of suspicion hangs over an individual, it means that they are not believed or are distrusted.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. suspecioun, OF. souspeçon, F. soupçon, L. suspectio, a looking up to, an esteeming highly, suspicion, fr. suspicere, to look up, to esteem, to mistrust. The modern form suspicion, in English and French is in imitation of L. suspicio, mistrust, suspicion. See Suspect, and cf. Suspicious


In literature:

I had been foolish in my suspicions and apprehensions, and hated myself for it.
"The Seven Secrets" by William Le Queux
I have suspicion that the suit-case you have you should get rid of at once.
"The Golden Face" by William Le Queux
He had evidently some strange suspicions about this individual, though he was unwilling, just then, to declare them.
"The Quadroon" by Mayne Reid
The appearance of the man confirms my suspicion.
"The Wild Huntress" by Mayne Reid
To show reverence for religion was to incur the suspicion of disaffection.
"Critical and Historical Essays, Volume III (of 3)" by Thomas Babington Macaulay
I fancy Browning viewed me with considerable suspicion.
"Hushed Up" by William Le Queux
Life would not be worth having if one must live in a constant state of suspicion.
"The Cryptogram" by James De Mille
Morgan had more than a suspicion that this was the result of adroit manoeuvring on Diana's part.
"Cleo The Magnificent" by Louis Zangwill
This would relieve him of any suspicion.
"The Ivory Snuff Box" by Arnold Fredericks
But you drove me crazy with your suspicions, your obstinate suspicions, of Charlie.
"The Law-Breakers" by Ridgwell Cullum

In poetry:

Dark suspicions, dismal fancies,
That perhaps to live with her
He lies hid within those gardens.
"The Purgatory Of St. Patrick - Act II" by Denis Florence MacCarthy
And oft she saw him go and come;
But though she inly pined,
Suspicion of his broken vows
Ne'er touched her generous mind.
"A Ballad" by Janet Hamilton
With her I scorn the idle Breath of Praise,
Nor trust to Happiness that's not our own,
The Smile of Fortune might Suspicion raise,
But here I know that I am lov'd alone.
"Elegy XIII" by James Hammond
ANNICCA (aside).
Tommaso judged aright. I dare not tell him.
Dear father, listen. Pray, be calm. Sit down;
Your own hot rage engenders in my mind
Thoughts, fears, suspicions.
"The Spagnoletto. Act III" by Emma Lazarus
How fondly I nourish'd these hopes, but in vain!
The calm and the stillness I could not retain;
My Hour fled away, every wish unfulfill'd,
And warm'd not the Friendship Suspicion had chill'd!
"Vignette - XVI" by Matilda Betham
Though much afraid, the children stayed
From ten till nearly eight;
At times they wept, at times they slept,
But never left the gate:
Until the swift suspicion crossed them
That Uncle Benjamin had lost them.
"How The Babes In The Wood Showed They Couldn't Be Beaten" by Guy Wetmore Carryl

In news:

Santa Fe — In an era of metal detectors and suspicion, New Mexico's government is a throwback to the 1970s.
Suspicions of ripoffs against Hurricane Sandy victims that surfaced with complaints against a Toms River towing firm spur Ocean County investigators to probe any and all allegations of storm-related profiteering.
A Santa Paula man was arrested early Wednesday on suspicion of prowling and trying to break into a Ventura home after the female resident was awoken by something outside her bedroom window.
Vacaville police arrested a Fairfield man on suspicion of prowling Monday after he was reportedly caught lurking outside a home near the police station, then leading officers on a yard-to-yard search before he was finally captured.
Sausalito police arrested a San Jose man on suspicion of stealing a tent from the porch of a Stanford Way residence Thursday morning.
7th US Circuit Court of Appeals, Family and Medical Leave Act, honest belief, honest suspicion, Scruggs v Carrier Corp.
Voting patterns support suspicions about Trial D ward reapportionment plan.
Senate Bill 1070 mandates that a police officer who has "reasonable suspicion" that someone is a Mexican must detain that person.
Unfortunately that appeared to be the scenario when former Miss USA Rima Fakih was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence in Highland Park, Michigan.
Tupper Laker's onetime assistant says he was unaware of suspicion.
Former Seahawk Jerramy Stevens arrested day before wedding to Hope Solo on suspicion of assaulting her.
Ex-Seattle TE Jerramy Stevens was arrested on suspicion of domestic violence.
TOKYO—Japanese police have arrested a US Marine on suspicion of trespassing on the southern island of Okinawa amid anger over military crimes and demands for stricter regulations for US troops.
Whatever your suspicions on the president's motives, there was no mistaking the suspicions of Fox News.
Cloud of suspicion hangs over island after man's wife goes missing.

In science:

The detection of a SN within the BeppoSax error box, which has a chance probability of one in 104 , led to the suspicion that the GRB and SN were related.
Supernova Remnants, Pulsars and the Interstellar Medium - Summary of a Workshop Held at U Sydney, March 1999
After the first few plenary talks I was confirmed in my suspicion that hadron physics, even meson physics, is a very broad field with clearly identifiable communities that have little overlap.
MESON2000 Conference Summary
My suspicion is that it may be precisely the divergence of scattering length implied by which these works have run up against.
Two-dimensional Fermi Gas Revisited
All that is left of the original DIM is the thermal instability itself but even this, one would think fundamental, ingredient of the model is now looked at with some suspicion.
The disc instability model of dwarf-novae and low-mass X-ray binary transients
This would be a confirmation of the old suspicion (Warner 1995a) that “all U Gem stars are unrecognized Z Cam stars”.
The disc instability model of dwarf-novae and low-mass X-ray binary transients