suspicion


Also found in: Thesaurus, Medical, Legal, Financial, Idioms, Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.

sus·pi·cion

 (sə-spĭsh′ən)
n.
1. The act or an instance of suspecting something on little or no evidence: His evasiveness aroused my suspicions.
2. The condition of being suspected, especially of wrongdoing: held under suspicion of murder.
3. The state or feeling of having no confidence or certainty about something; distrust: looked with suspicion on the claims in the brochure.
4. A minute amount or slight indication; a trace: a suspicion of contempt in his voice.
tr.v. sus·pi·cioned, sus·pi·cion·ing, sus·pi·cions Informal
To suspect.

[Middle English, alteration (influenced by Old French suspicion) of suspecioun, from Anglo-Norman, variant of Old French sospeçon, from Latin suspectiō, suspectiōn-, from suspectus, past participle of suspicere, to watch; see suspect.]

suspicion

(səˈspɪʃən)
n
1. the act or an instance of suspecting; belief without sure proof, esp that something is wrong
2. the feeling of mistrust of a person who suspects
3. the state of being suspected: to be shielded from suspicion.
4. a slight trace
5. above suspicion in such a position that no guilt may be thought or implied, esp through having an unblemished reputation
6. on suspicion as a suspect
7. under suspicion regarded with distrust
[C14: from Old French sospeçon, from Latin suspīciō distrust, from suspicere to mistrust; see suspect]
susˈpicional adj
susˈpicionless adj

sus•pi•cion

(səˈspɪʃ ən)

n.
1. the act of suspecting, esp. something wrong or evil.
2. the state of mind or feeling of one who suspects; doubt; misgiving.
3. an instance of suspecting something or someone.
4. the state of being suspected: under suspicion; above suspicion.
5. imagination of something to be the case or to be likely; notion.
6. a slight trace, hint, or suggestion: a suspicion of a smile.
v.t.
7. Nonstandard. to suspect.
[1250–1300; Middle English < Latin suspīciō=suspīc-, variant s. of suspicere (see suspect) + -iō -ion]
syn: suspicion, distrust are terms for a feeling that appearances are not reliable. suspicion is the positive tendency to doubt the trustworthiness of appearances and therefore to believe that one has detected possibilities of something unreliable, unfavorable, menacing, or the like: to feel suspicion about the honesty of a prominent man. distrust may be a passive want of trust, faith, or reliance in a person or thing: to feel distrust of one's own ability.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.suspicion - an impression that something might be the case; "he had an intuition that something had gone wrong"
impression, notion, belief, feeling, opinion - a vague idea in which some confidence is placed; "his impression of her was favorable"; "what are your feelings about the crisis?"; "it strengthened my belief in his sincerity"; "I had a feeling that she was lying"
heart, bosom - the locus of feelings and intuitions; "in your heart you know it is true"; "her story would melt your bosom"
2.suspicion - doubt about someone's honestysuspicion - doubt about someone's honesty  
doubt, doubtfulness, dubiety, dubiousness, incertitude, uncertainty - the state of being unsure of something
3.suspicion - the state of being suspected; "he tried to shield me from suspicion"
antagonism, enmity, hostility - a state of deep-seated ill-will
cloud - suspicion affecting your reputation; "after that mistake he was under a cloud"
4.suspicion - being of a suspicious nature; "his suspiciousness destroyed his marriage"
distrustfulness, mistrust, distrust - the trait of not trusting others

suspicion

noun
1. feeling, theory, impression, intuition, conjecture, surmise, funny feeling (informal), presentiment Police had suspicions that it was not a natural death.
2. distrust, scepticism, mistrust, doubt, misgiving, qualm, lack of confidence, wariness, bad vibes (slang), dubiety, chariness Our culture harbours deep suspicions of big-time industry.
3. idea, notion, hunch, guess, impression, conjecture, surmise, gut feeling (informal), supposition I have a sneaking suspicion that they are going to succeed.
4. trace, touch, hint, shadow, suggestion, strain, shade, streak, tinge, glimmer, soupçon (French) large blooms of white with a suspicion of pale pink
above suspicion blameless, unimpeachable, above reproach, pure, honourable, virtuous, sinless, like Caesar's wife he was a respected academic and above suspicion
Quotations
"Caesar's wife should be above suspicion" [Julius Caesar]

suspicion

noun
1. Intuitive cognition:
2. Lack of trust:
4. A subtle quality underlying or felt to underlie a situation, action, or person:
5. A slight amount or indication:
Informal: whisker.
Translations
اتهامشَك، شُبْهَه، إشْتِباهمَسْحَةٌ من، أثَر
podezřenínáznak
antydningmistanke
epäilyepäilysepäluulo
gyanú
grunurvottur
容疑疑い疑惑
sum

suspicion

[səsˈpɪʃən] N
1. (= belief) → sospecha f
my suspicion is thattengo la sospecha de que ...
my suspicion is that they are acting on their owntengo la sospecha de que actúan solos
there is a suspicion thatse sospecha que ...
to be above suspicionestar por encima de toda sospecha
to have one's suspicions (about sth)tener sus sospechas (acerca de algo)
she had her suspicionsella tenía sus sospechas
I have a sneaking suspicion thattengo la leve sospecha de que ...
I had no suspicion thatno sospechaba que ...
he was arrested on suspicion of spyingfue arrestado bajo sospecha de espionaje, fue arrestado como sospechoso de espionaje
to lay o.s. open to suspicionhacerse sospechoso
to be shielded from suspicionestar a salvo de sospechas
to be under suspicionestar bajo sospecha
2. (= mistrust) → desconfianza f, recelo m
to arouse sb's suspicionsdespertar los recelos de algn
to regard sb/sth with suspiciondesconfiar de algn/algo
3. (= trace) → rastro m
with just a suspicion of lemon/garliccon apenas un ligero sabor a limón/ajo, con apenas un rastro de sabor a limón/ajo
"good morning," he said without a suspicion of a smile-buenos días -dijo sin la más leve insinuación de una sonrisa

suspicion

[səˈspɪʃən] n
(= belief of guilt) → soupçons mpl, soupçon m
to arouse suspicions, to arouse suspicion → éveiller les soupçons
I had aroused his suspicions last week → J'avais éveillé ses soupçons la semaine dernière.
to be under suspicion → être considéré(e) comme suspect(e), être suspecté(e)
to be arrested on suspicion of sth → être arrêté(e) sur présomption de qch
(= idea) a suspicion that ... → un soupçon selon lequel ...
The suspicion grew in Darwin's mind that species were closely related to each other
BUT Darwin se doutait de plus en plus que les espèces étaient étroitement apparentées.
to have a suspicion (that) ...
I have a suspicion they're going to succeed → Quelque chose me dit qu'ils vont réussir.
(= mistrust) → suspicion f
to regard sth with suspicion → considérer qch avec suspicion
(= hint) [danger, humour, colour] → soupçon m

suspicion

n
Verdacht m no pl, → Argwohn m no pl (geh); to arouse somebody’s suspicionsjds Verdacht or Argwohn (geh)erregen; I have a suspicion that …ich habe den Verdacht or das Gefühl, dass …; to have one’s suspicions about something/somebodyseine Zweifel bezüglich einer Sache (gen)/bezüglich einer Person (gen)haben; my suspicions were rightmein Verdacht hat sich bestätigt; to be above (all) suspicionüber jeden Verdacht erhaben sein; to be under suspicionunter Verdacht stehen; to arrest somebody on suspicion/on suspicion of murderjdn wegen Tatverdachts/Mordverdachts festnehmen; to be open to suspicionsich verdächtig machen; suspicion fell on himder Verdacht fiel auf ihn; to view somebody/something with suspicionjdn/etw argwöhnisch or misstrauisch betrachten
(= trace, touch)Hauch m, → Spur f

suspicion

[səˈspɪʃn] n
a. (suspicious belief) → sospetto; (lack of trust) → diffidenza
I had no suspicion that ... → non avevo il benché minimo sospetto che... + sub
my suspicion is that ... → ho il sospetto che...+ sub
arrested on suspicion of murder → arrestato/a per sospetto omicidio
to be under suspicion → essere sospettato/a
above suspicion → al di sopra di ogni sospetto
I had my suspicions about him → non mi ha mai convinto troppo
b. (hint, of danger, scandal) → segno; (of garlic) → punta

suspect

(səˈspekt) verb
1. to think (a person etc) guilty. Whom do you suspect (of the crime)?; I suspect him of killing the girl.
2. to distrust. I suspected her motives / air of honesty.
3. to think probable. I suspect that she's trying to hide her true feelings; I began to suspect a plot.
noun (ˈsaspekt)
a person who is thought guilty. There are three possible suspects in this murder case.
adjective
not trustworthy. I think his statement is suspect.
suspicion (səˈspiʃən) noun
1. the process of suspecting or being suspected; the/a feeling causing a person to suspect. They looked at each other with suspicion; I have a suspicion that she is not telling the truth.
2. a slight quantity or trace. There was a suspicion of triumph in his tone.
suspicious (səˈspiʃəs) adjective
1. having or showing suspicion. I'm always suspicious of men like him; a suspicious glance.
2. causing or arousing suspicion. suspicious circumstances.
suspiciously (səˈspiʃəsli) adverb
suˈspiciousness noun

suspicion

n. sospecha.
References in classic literature ?
Certainly, the best mean, to clear the way in this same wood of suspicions, is frankly to communicate them with the party, that he suspects; for thereby he shall be sure to know more of the truth of them, than he did before; and withal shall make that party more circumspect, not to give further cause of suspicion.
Nevertheless, the suspicion worried me, and I sometimes spoke to the detective in a way that ought to have opened your eyes.
And there was Bishopriggs, doubly secured behind a respectable position and a virtuous action against all likelihood of suspicion falling on him as a stranger in Perth--in the event of his correspondence with Mrs.
The lapse of time, and her absence, will defeat all suspicion.
In his last dealings with this man Bulstrode may have kept his hands pure, in spite of my suspicion to the contrary.
Since the unfortunate visit of this man Dunster, I seem to have been conscious of a certain suspicion, a little cloud of suspicion under which I seem to live and move, even among the members of my own household.
But I, by some strange miracle, live on A prey to absence, jealousy, disdain; Racked by suspicion as by certainty; Forgotten, left to feed my flame alone.
These two began presently to scrutinize the characters of the several young girls who lived in any of those houses, and at last fixed their strongest suspicion on one Jenny Jones, who, they both agreed, was the likeliest person to have committed this fact.
Where does the suspicion of robbery rest in your opinion?
When I had, and could have, no suspicion,' pursued Jasper, eagerly following the new track, 'that the dear lost boy had withheld anything from me--most of all, such a leading matter as this--what gleam of light was there for me in the whole black sky?
I was put between the two difficulties of mentioning Penelope's fanciful notion as if it was mine, or of leaving an unfortunate creature to suffer the consequences, the very serious consequences, of exciting the suspicion of Sergeant Cuff.
We sent Granet back because of a suspicion which may be altogether unjustifiable.