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Definition of Suspense


  1. Held or lifted up; held or prevented from proceeding.
  2. Expressing, or proceeding from, suspense or doubt.
  3. The state of being suspended; specifically, a state of uncertainty and expectation, with anxiety or apprehension; indetermination; indecision; as, the suspense of a person waiting for the verdict of a jury.
  4. Cessation for a time; stop; pause.
  5. 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.

Suspense Quotations

I like to compare the holiday season with the way a child listens to a favorite story. The pleasure is in the familiar way the story begins, the anticipation of familiar turns it takes, the familiar moments of suspense, and the familiar climax and ending.
Fred Rogers

The negative attitudes toward the genres - romance, science-fiction, westerns, suspense, etc. - are fallout from the academic world's long-standing fascination with existential philosophy and modern theories of psychology and sociology.
Jayne Ann Krentz

Even cowards can endure hardship; only the brave can endure suspense.
Mignon McLaughlin

This suspense is terrible. I hope it will last.
Oscar Wilde

I think suspense should be like any other color on a writer's palette. I suppose I'm in the minority but I think it's crazy for 'literary fiction' to divorce itself from stories that are suspenseful, and assign anything with cops or spies or criminals to some genre ghetto.
Jess Walter
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Suspense Translations

suspense in French is suspens
suspense in German is Spannung
suspense in Spanish is suspense
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