Suspense vs Intrigue - What's the difference?

suspense | intrigue |

As a noun suspense

is the condition of being suspended; cessation for a time.

As an adjective suspense

is (obsolete) held or lifted up; held or prevented from proceeding.

As a verb intrigue is



Alternative forms

* (l) (obsolete)


  • The condition of being suspended; cessation for a time.
  • * Alexander Pope
  • a cool suspense from pleasure and from pain
  • the pleasurable emotion of anticipation and excitement regarding the outcome or climax of a book, film etc.
  • The unpleasant emotion of anxiety or apprehension in an uncertain situation.
  • * Denham
  • Ten days the prophet in suspense remained.
  • (legal) A temporary cessation of one's right; suspension, as when the rent or other profits of land cease by unity of possession of land and rent.
  • Derived terms

    * suspenseful


  • (obsolete) Held or lifted up; held or prevented from proceeding.
  • * Milton
  • [The great light of day] suspense in heaven.
  • (obsolete) Expressing, or proceeding from, suspense or doubt.
  • * Milton
  • Expectation held his look suspense .



    Alternative forms

    * entrigue


    (en noun)
  • A complicated or clandestine plot or scheme intended to effect some purpose by secret artifice; conspiracy; stratagem.
  • The plot of a play, poem or romance; the series of complications in which a writer involves their imaginary characters.
  • Clandestine intercourse between persons; illicit intimacy; a liaison.
  • Verb

  • To conceive or carry out a secret plan intended to harm; to form a plot or scheme.
  • To arouse the interest of; to fascinate.
  • * {{quote-magazine, date=2012-03
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  • To have clandestine or illicit intercourse.
  • To fill with artifice and duplicity; to complicate.
  • * Dr. J. Scott
  • How doth it [sin] perplex and intrigue the whole course of your lives!


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