Etymology
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suspicion (n.)

c. 1300, suspecioun, "act of suspecting; unverified conjecture of wrongdoing; mistrust, distrust," from Anglo-French suspecioun, corresponding to Old French suspicion, sospeçon "mistrust, suspicion" (Modern French soupçon), from Late Latin suspectionem (nominative suspectio) "mistrust, suspicion, fear, awe," noun of state from past-participle stem of Latin suspicere "look up at" (see suspect (adj.)).

Spelling in English influenced 14c. by learned Old French forms closer to Latin suspicionem. By c. 1400 as "imagination of something as possible or likely." As a verb meaning "to suspect," it figures in literary representations of U.S. Western (Kentucky) slang from 1830s. Middle English and early Modern English also had suspection.

"Suspicion" words in other Indo-European languages also tend to be words for "think" or "look" with prefixes meaning "under, behind;" such as Greek hypopsia (from hypo "under" + opsis "sight"), hyponoia (noein "to think"); Lettish aizduomas (aiz "behind" + duomat "think"); Russian podozrenie (Slavic podu "under," Old Church Slavonic zireti "see, look"); Dutch achterdocht (achter "behind" + denken "to think").

updated on September 07, 2022

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Definitions of suspicion from WordNet

suspicion (n.)
an impression that something might be the case;
Synonyms: intuition / hunch
suspicion (n.)
doubt about someone's honesty;
Synonyms: misgiving / mistrust / distrust
suspicion (n.)
the state of being suspected;
he tried to shield me from suspicion
suspicion (n.)
being of a suspicious nature;
Synonyms: suspiciousness
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