suspicion

Suspicion is a feeling that something might be true. If your friends seem to be keeping a secret from you, you might have a suspicion that they are planning a surprise party for your birthday.

Suspicion can mean the same as hunch or inkling, like when you have a suspicion that your friend is hiding a flower bouquet behind his back. Suspicion comes from the Latin word suspicere, or mistrust. That's why it can mean a general bad feeling about someone or something, like neighbors who regard all new people with suspicion until they get to know them.

Definitions of suspicion
  1. noun
    an impression that something might be the case
    synonyms: hunch, intuition
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    types:
    bosom, heart
    the locus of feelings and intuitions
    type of:
    belief, feeling, impression, notion, opinion
    a vague idea in which some confidence is placed
  2. noun
    the state of being suspected
    “he tried to shield me from suspicion
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    types:
    cloud
    suspicion affecting your reputation
    type of:
    antagonism, enmity, hostility
    a state of deep-seated ill-will
  3. noun
    doubt about someone's honesty
    synonyms: distrust, misgiving, mistrust
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    type of:
    doubt, doubtfulness, dubiety, dubiousness, incertitude, uncertainty
    the state of being unsure of something
  4. noun
    being of a suspicious nature
    synonyms: suspiciousness
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    type of:
    distrust, distrustfulness, mistrust
    the trait of not trusting others
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