Definition of soupçon in English:



  • A very small quantity of something.

    ‘a soupçon of mustard’
    • ‘But any Ramsay conversation involves the full set of verbal condiments being thrown in the pot: a liberal sprinkling of both laughter and earnestness; a soupçon of vulnerability; and a generous slosh of anger and unpredictability.’
    • ‘The pursuit of filthy lucre, and a soupçon of booze, had created constant inspiration.’
    • ‘But a soupçon of moral outrage may do France, and the world, some good.’
    • ‘There may even be a soupçon of self-importance to her insistence that the honorific be used.’
    • ‘He served up a wicked sense of humour with a soupçon of self-deprecation as he regaled the crowd with assorted tales.’
    • ‘If Red Sox fans have made themselves too much at home in masochism, Yankee fans need a soupçon of humility.’
    • ‘And you can sense in him now that soupçon of defeat, a feeling that his life, by the narrowest margin, has failed in its trajectory.’
    • ‘Allan listened intently, sometimes requesting a soupçon of elaboration, and considered all this for some moments.’
    • ‘He is insouciant, cultured and full of Gallic flair, with a soupçon of je ne sais quoi.’
    • ‘That's why I contend, with just a soupçon of exaggeration, that Britain's big choice will be made on May 29.’
    • ‘Including Russia (but not China or France) in the ruling committee might impart just the right soupçon of anti-Americanism to the new organization, which must be credible yet not intractable’
    • ‘After mornings spent kicking and screaming in ‘the club’, we spent our afternoons on outings combining lots of fresh air and a soupçon of educational merit.’
    • ‘However, more skilful growers and more determined winery owners have pushed several recent examples to heights heretofore not achieved, often with a stiffening soupçon of Cabernet Sauvignon.’
    • ‘A soupçon of dignity and a bit of self-knowledge is part of growing up and growing old, and probably needs applying to how one dresses as much as everything else.’
    • ‘Whether there's prize money at stake, or just pride, you just need some scientific wisdom and a soupçon of common sense.’
    • ‘In Cairo, the Egyptian court evoked the glitter and splendor of the oriental fairy tales, with perhaps a soupçon of Versailles.’
    • ‘The new director tries to square the circle by holding onto the buzz created by Ellis's woman-hating bloodfest while adding a soupçon of satire.’
    • ‘Even when a play is fantastic or absurd, it needs to have a soupçon of credibility to go with the three-dimensional flesh-and-blood actors.’
    • ‘Your thinking has a soupçon of immaturity and indecision to it.’
    • ‘As with anyone who appears on television by choice, it would be churlish not to own up to at least a soupçon of vanity.’
    small portion, small piece, piece, portion, segment, section, part
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Mid 18th century: French, from Old French souspeçon, from medieval Latin suspectio (see suspicion).