suspense
Pronunciation
  • IPA: /səˈspɛns/
Noun

suspense (uncountable)

  1. The condition of being suspended; cessation for a time.
  2. the pleasurable emotion of anticipation and excitement regarding the outcome or climax of a book, film etc.
  3. The unpleasant emotion of anxiety or apprehension in an uncertain situation.
    • Ten days the prophet in suspense remained.
  4. (legal) A temporary cessation of one's right; suspension, as when the rent or other profits of land cease by unity of possession of land and rent.
Translations Translations
  • German: Spannung
  • Russian: напряже́ние
  • Spanish: suspense
Translations Adjective

suspense (not comparable)

  1. (obsolete) Held or lifted up; held or prevented from proceeding.
    • 1667, John Milton, “Book 7”, in Paradise Lost. A Poem Written in Ten Books, London: Printed [by Samuel Simmons], and are to be sold by Peter Parker […] [a]nd by Robert Boulter […] [a]nd Matthias Walker, […], OCLC 228722708 ↗; republished as Paradise Lost in Ten Books: The Text Exactly Reproduced from the First Edition of 1667: […], London: Basil Montagu Pickering […], 1873, OCLC 230729554 ↗:
      [The great light of day] suspens in heav'n.
  2. (obsolete) Expressing, or proceeding from, suspense or doubt.
    • 1667, John Milton, “Book 2”, in Paradise Lost. A Poem Written in Ten Books, London: Printed [by Samuel Simmons], and are to be sold by Peter Parker […] [a]nd by Robert Boulter […] [a]nd Matthias Walker, […], OCLC 228722708 ↗; republished as Paradise Lost in Ten Books: The Text Exactly Reproduced from the First Edition of 1667: […], London: Basil Montagu Pickering […], 1873, OCLC 230729554 ↗:
      Expectation held his look suspense.



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