suspiration


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sus·pire

 (sə-spīr′)
intr.v. sus·pired, sus·pir·ing, sus·pires
1. To breathe: "And from that one intake of fire / All creatures still warmly suspire" (Robert Frost).
2. To sigh.

[Middle English suspiren, to sigh, from Old French, from Latin suspīrāre : sub-, from below; see sub- + spīrāre, to breathe.]

sus′pi·ra′tion (sŭs′pə-rā′shən) n.
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Noun1.suspiration - an utterance made by exhaling audiblysuspiration - an utterance made by exhaling audibly
utterance, vocalization - the use of uttered sounds for auditory communication
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In suspiration, I point out that the preceding four examples are not the contradictions being referred to under the "special contradictions" heading.
Her breathing a quiet suspiration. Less of her in the bed, she thinks.
'Tis not alone my inky cloak, good mother, Nor customary suits of solemn black, Nor windy suspiration of forc'd breath, No, nor the fruitful river in the eye, Nor the dejected haviour of the visage, Together with all forms, moods, shapes of grief, That can denote me truly.