suspense

suspense, suspension
The two words used to be interchangeable in several meanings, but have since gone their separate ways. Suspense is used primarily to denote ‘a state of anxious uncertainty or expectation’, and is common attributively (i.e. before a noun, as in suspense thriller or film) to refer to a form of writing or drama. Suspension has more physical and technical meanings (as in a car's suspension and a suspension bridge) as well as the non-physical meaning ‘the state of being suspended from an office or position’.

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  • Suspense — (engl. für „Gespanntheit“) ist ein Begriff aus der Theater , Film und Literaturwissenschaft. Er leitet sich von lat. suspendere („aufhängen“) ab und bedeutet so viel wie „in Unsicherheit schweben“ hinsichtlich eines befürchteten oder erhofften… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Suspense — Sus*pense , n. [From F. suspens, a. See {Suspense}, a.] 1. 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 …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Suspense — Sus*pense , a. [F. suspens, L. suspensus, p. p. of suspendere. See {Suspend}.] 1. Held or lifted up; held or prevented from proceeding. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] [The great light of day] suspense in heaven. Milton. [1913 Webster] 2. Expressing, or… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • suspense — 1. ‘Expectación por el desarrollo de una acción o suceso, especialmente en una película, obra teatral o relato’: «Toda la historia está llevada con una maestría inaudita, [...] manejando inteligentemente el suspense, la intriga, la zozobra del… …   Diccionario panhispánico de dudas

  • suspense — sustantivo masculino 1. (no contable) Misterio, emoción, incertidumbre: Siempre cuenta las cosas con mucho suspense. El relato tiene mucho suspense y es emocionante. 2. (no contable) Género cinematográfico o literario cuya característica… …   Diccionario Salamanca de la Lengua Española

  • suspense — (Del fr. suspense, y este del ingl. suspense). m. Expectación impaciente o ansiosa por el desarrollo de una acción o suceso, especialmente en una película cinematográfica, una obra teatral o un relato …   Diccionario de la lengua española

  • suspense — [sə spens′] n. [ME < MFr suspens, suspense, delay, deferring < ML suspensum < L suspensus, suspended, uncertain, lit., hung up, pp. of suspendere, to SUSPEND] 1. the state of being undecided or undetermined 2. a state of usually anxious… …   English World dictionary

  • suspense — index doubt (indecision), expectation, pendency, remission Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • suspense — c.1400, not being executed, unfulfilled (of legal matters), from Anglo Fr. suspens (in en suspens in abeyance, c.1300), from O.Fr. suspens act of suspending, from L. suspensus, pp. of suspendere (see SUSPEND (Cf. suspend)). Meaning state of… …   Etymology dictionary

  • suspense — s. m. Momento de um filme, de uma obra literária, em que a ação, parando um instante, mantém o espectador, o auditor ou o leitor em angustiosa expectativa sobre o que vai acontecer.   ‣ Etimologia: palavra inglesa …   Dicionário da Língua Portuguesa

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