suspect vs suspicious :

suspect or 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. . . .”

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Definitions

  • 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
    I suspect he is a fugitive
  • v  regard as untrustworthy; regard with suspicion; have no faith or confidence in
  • v  hold in suspicion; believe to be guilty
    The U.S. suspected Bin Laden as the mastermind behind the terrorist attacks
  • s  not as expected
    her motives were suspect

  • s  openly distrustful and unwilling to confide
  • s  not as expected
    suspicious behavior
News & Articles


  • Suspicious package causes bomb scare near Hip Strip
    Missoula police confirmed a suspicious package was found and forced them to block off Myrtle Street between Fourth and Fifth on Thurday morning. 
    June 20, 2013 - KECI Missoula
  • Suspicious package causes street closures near Castro District
    Police have shut down streets near San Francisco's Castro neighborhood Thursday afternoon because of a suspicious package, a police spokesman said. The package was discovered in the 2000 block of 15th Street, and the area has been cordoned off, Officer Albie Esparza said. The incident has disrupted service on San Francisco Municipal Railway's F-Market line, Muni officials said.  
    June 20, 2013 - KTVU
  • Police: Suspicious Des Moines death not a homicide
    Authorities say the suspicious death of a Des Moines hammer attack suspect wasn't the result of a crime.
    June 20, 2013 - WKBT La Crosse