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

n an impression that something might be the case

hunch, intuition
bosom, heart
the locus of feelings and intuitions
Type of:
belief, feeling, impression, notion, opinion
a vague idea in which some confidence is placed

n the state of being suspected

“he tried to shield me from suspicion
suspicion affecting your reputation
Type of:
antagonism, enmity, hostility
a state of deep-seated ill-will

n doubt about someone's honesty

distrust, misgiving, mistrust
Type of:
doubt, doubtfulness, dubiety, dubiousness, incertitude, uncertainty
the state of being unsure of something

n being of a suspicious nature

Type of:
distrust, distrustfulness, mistrust
the trait of not trusting others

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