suspenseful


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sus·pense

 (sə-spĕns′)
n.
1. Anxiety or apprehension resulting from an uncertain, undecided, or mysterious situation: The suspense as they were announcing the winners was unbearable.
2. The quality in a work of narrative art, such as a novel or film, that causes the audience to experience pleasurable excitement and anticipation regarding an outcome.
3. Archaic The state or quality of being undecided, uncertain, or indecisive: the suspense of judgment.

[Middle English suspense, delay, uncertainty, from Old French souspense, from souspens, suspended, from Latin suspēnsus, past participle of suspendere, to suspend; see suspend.]

sus·pense′ful adj.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.suspenseful - (of a situation) characterized by or causing suspense
tense - in or of a state of physical or nervous tension
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suspenseful

adjective thrilling, exciting, gripping, Hitchcockian, cliffhanging a suspenseful and sinister tale
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Translations

suspenseful

[ˈsəspensfʊl] ADJ [story, situation] → de suspense
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suspenseful

[səˈspɛnsfʊl] adjà suspense
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suspenseful

adjspannend
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