suspicious

suspicious "deserving of or exciting suspicion," mid-14c., from O.Fr. suspecious, from L. suspiciosus "exciting suspicion" (see SUSPICION (Cf. suspicion)). Meaning "full of or inclined to feel suspicion" is attested from c.1400. Edgar Allan Poe (c.1845) proposed suspectful to take one of the two conflicting senses. Related: suspiciously; suspiciousness.

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  • suspicious — ► ADJECTIVE 1) having or showing suspicion. 2) giving an impression of dishonest or dangerous character. DERIVATIVES suspiciously adverb suspiciousness noun …   English terms dictionary

  • suspicious — [sə spish′əs] adj. [ME suspecious < OFr < L suspiciosus] 1. arousing or likely to arouse suspicion in others 2. showing or expressing suspicion 3. a) feeling suspicion b) tending habitually to suspect, esp. to suspect evil suspiciously adv …   English World dictionary

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  • suspicious — sus|pi|cious S3 [səˈspıʃəs] adj 1.) thinking that someone might be guilty of doing something wrong or dishonest suspicious of ▪ Some of his colleagues at work became suspicious of his behaviour. suspicious about ▪ They were suspicious about my… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • suspicious — [[t]səspɪ̱ʃəs[/t]] 1) ADJ GRADED: oft ADJ of n/ ing If you are suspicious of someone or something, you do not trust them, and are careful when dealing with them. He was rightly suspicious of meeting me until I reassured him I was not writing… …   English dictionary

  • suspicious — sus|pi|cious [ sə spıʃəs ] adjective ** 1. ) believing that someone has probably done something wrong: Colleagues became suspicious when he started acting strangely. a ) feeling that someone or something cannot be trusted: suspicious of: People… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • suspicious */*/ — UK [səˈspɪʃəs] / US adjective 1) believing that someone has probably done something wrong Colleagues became suspicious when he started acting strangely. a) feeling that someone or something cannot be trusted suspicious of: People are often… …   English dictionary

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