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Date: 1400-1500
Language: Old French
Origin: suspendre; SUSPEND

suspense

noun
     
sus‧pense [uncountable]
a feeling of excitement or anxiety when you do not know what will happen next [↪ tension]
in suspense
They kept us in suspense for over two hours.
Come on then, tell me what happened; the suspense is killing me (=I feel very excited or anxious because I do not know what will happen next).
She couldn't bear the suspense a moment longer.
suspense novel/story/movie etc (=one which is exciting because you do not know what will happen next)

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