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noun     suspicion pronunciation in American English
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  1. [countable] a feeling that someone has done something wrong
    have a suspicion that:

    She had a suspicion that Mr. Engel was not being completely honest.

    have your suspicions:

    I can’t prove who stole it, but I have my suspicions.

    arouse someone’s suspicions:

    Her suspicions were aroused by the smell of perfume on his clothes.

    1. a.
      [countable] a feeling that something bad is probably true or likely to happen

      The Captain confirmed my suspicions – we were sinking.

      suspicion (that):

      Juliet had an awful suspicion that Naomi was going to scream.

    2. b.
      [uncountable] a feeling that you do not trust someone or something

      an atmosphere of suspicion and hostility

      Refugees tend to be treated with suspicion.



to manipulate someone psychologically so that they begin to question their own perceptions and memories

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the phenomenon by which an incompetent person is too incompetent to understand his own incompetence

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