Thrill vs Suspense - What's the difference?

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In obsolete|lang=en terms the difference between thrill and suspense

is that thrill is (obsolete) to hurl; to throw; to cast while suspense is (obsolete) expressing, or proceeding from, suspense or doubt.

As nouns the difference between thrill and suspense

is that thrill is a trembling or quivering, especially one caused by emotion while suspense is the condition of being suspended; cessation for a time.

As a verb thrill

is (ergative) to suddenly excite someone, or to give someone great pleasure; to (figuratively) electrify; to experience such a sensation.

As an adjective suspense is

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

thrill

English

Verb

(en verb)
  • (ergative) To suddenly excite someone, or to give someone great pleasure; to (figuratively) electrify; to experience such a sensation.
  • * 1937 , Frank Churchill and Leigh Harline, “One Song”, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs , Walt Disney:
  • One love / That has possessed me; / One love / Thrilling me through
  • * M. Arnold
  • vivid and picturesque turns of expression which thrill the reader with sudden delight
  • * Spenser
  • The cruel word her tender heart so thrilled , / That sudden cold did run through every vein.
  • (ergative) To (cause something to) tremble or quiver.
  • (obsolete) To perforate by a pointed instrument; to bore; to transfix; to drill.
  • * Spenser
  • He pierced through his chafed chest / With thrilling point of deadly iron brand.
  • (obsolete) To hurl; to throw; to cast.
  • * Heywood
  • I'll thrill my javelin.

    Noun

    (en noun)
  • A trembling or quivering, especially one caused by emotion.
  • * {{quote-book, year=1935, author= George Goodchild
  • , title=Death on the Centre Court, chapter=1 , passage=She mixed furniture with the same fatal profligacy as she mixed drinks, and this outrageous contact between things which were intended by Nature to be kept poles apart gave her an inexpressible thrill .}}
  • A cause of sudden excitement; a kick.
  • (medicine) A slight quivering of the heart that accompanies a cardiac murmur.
  • A breathing place or hole; a nostril, as of a bird.
  • Derived terms

    * cheap thrill * thrill kill / thrill killing * thrill killer * thrilly

    suspense

    Alternative forms

    * (l) (obsolete)

    Noun

    (-)
  • 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

    Adjective

    (-)
  • (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 .
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