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Definition of suspicion noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1[uncountable, countable] a feeling that someone has done something wrong, illegal, or dishonest, even though you have no proof They drove away slowly to avoid arousing suspicion. He was arrested on suspicion of murder. suspicion (that…) I have a sneaking suspicion that she's not telling the truth. My suspicions were confirmed when the police raided the property. She was reluctant to voice her suspicions. His resignation seemed only to fuel suspicion. It's time to confront him with our suspicions. see also suspect
  2. 2[countable] suspicion (that…) a feeling or belief that something is true, even though you have no proof I have a horrible suspicion that we got off at the wrong stop.
  3. 3[uncountable, countable] the feeling that you cannot trust someone or something Their offer was greeted with some suspicion. Water from shallow wells should be regarded with suspicion, as it may be contaminated.
  4. 4[singular] suspicion of something (formal) a small amount of something synonym hint His mouth quivered in the suspicion of a smile. Wasn't there even a suspicion of truth in what he said?
  5. Word Familysuspect verbsuspected adjectivesuspicion nounsuspicious adjectivesuspiciously adverbsuspect noun adjectiveIdioms
    above/beyond suspicion
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    too good, honest, etc. to have done something wrong, illegal, or dishonest Nobody who was near the scene of the crime is above suspicion.
    the finger of suspicion
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    if the finger of suspicion points or is pointed at someone, they are suspected of having committed a crime, being responsible for something, etc.
    under suspicion (of something)
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    suspected of doing something wrong, illegal, or dishonest The whole family is currently under suspicion of her murder. A number of doctors came under suspicion of unethical behavior.
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