suspect vs suspicious : Common Errors in English

About suspect vs suspicious

If your boss thinks you may have dipped into petty cash to pay your gambling debts, you may be suspect (or “a suspect”). But if you think somebody else did it, you are suspicious of them. Confusingly, if the police suspect you of a crime, you can be described as a “suspicious person” and if you constantly suspect others of crimes, you can also be called “suspicious.” But “suspect” is not so flexible. A suspect is a person somebody is suspicious of, never the person who is doing the suspecting. It never makes sense to say “I am suspect that. . . .”

suspect Meaning(s)

  • (n) someone who is under suspicion
  • (n) a person or institution against whom an action is brought in a court of law; the person being sued or accused
  • (v) imagine to be the case or true or probable
  • (v) regard as untrustworthy; regard with suspicion; have no faith or confidence in
  • (v) hold in suspicion; believe to be guilty
  • (s) not as expected

suspicious Meaning(s)

  • (s) openly distrustful and unwilling to confide
  • (s) not as expected

suspect in News

  1. Suspect sought in Butte WalMart stabbing

    BUTTE - A suspect is being sought after stabbing another man at the Butte WalMart.
    on June 13, 2013 Source: KAJ Flathead

  2. Suspect apprehended in string of robberies, police continue search for three other suspects

    A suspect connected with two unarmed robberies which took place June 12 has been apprehended by the East Lansing Police Department after leading officers on a chase into Lansing.
    on June 13, 2013 Source: The State News

  3. Suspect in killing barricades self in home with hostages

    A suspect in a cold-case killing was barricaded with hostages inside a Chinatown home in a Wednesday morning standoff with police, sources told The Daily News.
    on June 12, 2013 Source: New York Daily News

suspicious in News

  1. Suspicious package in Iowa City turns out to be piece of art

    A suspicious package that shut down Washington Street for several hours on Sunday turned out to be an electronic piece of art by local artist and poet Russell Jaffe, the City of Iowa City announced Wednesday evening.
    on June 13, 2013 Source: The Des Moines Register

  2. Suspicious packages at FBI office

    Suspicious packages at FBI office Times Union Copyright 2013 Times Union. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Updated 5:19 pm, Wednesday, June 12, 2013 ALBANY — Investigators are probing two suspicious packages found Wednesday afternoon at the FBI field office on McCarty Avenue, officials said. The State Police bomb squad X-rayed the ...
    on June 13, 2013 Source: Albany Times Union

  3. Suspicious package at FBI office

    Suspicious package at FBI office ALBANY - Police are investigating the discovery of a suspicious package found at the FBI field office on McCarty Avenue, police spokesman Officer Steve Smith said. A number of city police and state troopers can be seen at the office. Smith said he did not yet know where the package was found.
    on June 13, 2013 Source: Albany Times Union

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