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Definition of "suspense" []

  • The condition of being physically suspended. (noun)
  • The state or quality of being undecided, uncertain, or doubtful. (noun)
  • Pleasurable excitement and anticipation regarding an outcome, such as the ending of a mystery novel. (noun)
  • Anxiety or apprehension resulting from an uncertain, undecided, or mysterious situation. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "suspense" in a sentence
  • ""This suspense is a thousand times worse than the most horrible event: tell me what new scene of death has been acted, and whose murder I am now to lament.""
  • "April 03, 2009 at 06: 02 PM what'd you buy? if you want to keep the lenndevours readers in suspense, just email me."
  • "The slow burn suspense is one of the highlights of the film."