October 30, 2011
- suspicion (noun)
- What does it mean?
- 1 a : the act or an instance of suspecting something wrong without proof or on slight evidence : mistrust b : a state of mental uneasiness and uncertainty : doubt2 : a barely detectable amount : trace
- How do you use it?
- "A shriek had been heard by a neighbour during the night; suspicion of foul play had been aroused; information had been lodged at the police office, and [the officers] had been deputed to search the premises." (Edgar Allan Poe, "The Tell-Tale Heart")
- Are you a word wiz?
We suspect that you're ready for today's quiz. Which of the words below is a synonym of "suspicion"?Don't doubt yourself if you chose answer B! "Suspicion," "doubt," and "mistrust" mean lack of sureness about someone or something. "Suspicion" stresses lack of faith in the truth, reality, fairness, or reliability of something or someone, as in "regarded the stranger with suspicion." "Doubt" suggests both uncertainty and the inability to make a decision, as for example, "plagued by doubt as to what to do." "Mistrust" implies a genuine doubt based upon suspicion, such as "had a great mistrust of doctors."