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Related to soupçon: phenakism
A very small amount; a trace: not a soupçon of mercy.
[French, from Old French sospeçon, suspicion, from Latin suspectiō, suspectiōn-, fear, from suspectus, past participle of suspicere, to suspect; see suspect.]
a slight amount; dash
[C18: from French, ultimately from Latin suspicio suspicion]
soup•çon(supˈsɔ̃, ˈsup sɔ̃)
a slight trace, as of a seasoning; hint.
[1760–70; < French: a suspicion, Old French sospeçon < Late Latin suspectiōnem, acc. of suspectiō, for Latin suspīciō suspicion]
Soupçonof justice, 1849; of sense, 1849.
A French word for suspicion, used to mean a small amount.
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|Noun||1.||soupcon - a slight but appreciable amount; "this dish could use a touch of garlic"|
small indefinite amount, small indefinite quantity - an indefinite quantity that is below average size or magnitude
snuff - a pinch of smokeless tobacco inhaled at a single time