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    Hi,
    What's the difference between suspect and suspicious as adjectives?
    A suspicious personality or a suspect one?
    Thanks!

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    suspect: not to be relied on or trusted; possibly dangerous or false :
    "We are examining all parcels for possible bombs. A suspect package was received in today's mail...."
    "His motives are suspect. We regard him as a psychopath, not to be trusted."

    suspicous: having or showing a cautious distrust of someone or something :
    "He's a known psychopath. I was suspicious of his motives from the start."
    : causing one to have the idea or impression that something or someone is of questionable, dishonest, or dangerous character or condition :
    "He disappeared under suspicious circumstances. Police suspect foul play."
    • having the belief or impression that someone is involved in an illegal or dishonest activity :
    "There was a foul odour emanating from his residence. Police were called when neighbours became suspicious. Police found six corpses...."
    Last edited by David L.; 29-Aug-2008 at 09:15.

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    God Bless!

    As I know, suspicious usually refers to the feeling that someone has about a suspect person or thing.
    For instance you could be suspicious about some news, because the news seem to be suspect.

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    I appreciate your explicit explanation. Another question came to my mind. How about skeptical and suspicious? What's the difference between?
    Thanks!

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