surmise (n.)
idea, imagining, conjecture
2H4 I.iii.23[Lord Bardolph to Hastings] Conjecture, expectation, and surmise / Of aids incertain should not be admitted
E3 III.ii.44[Woman to all] such like surmises / Strike many Frenchmen cold unto the heart
Luc.83[] that praise which Collatine doth owe / Enchanted Tarquin answers with surmise
Mac I.iii.140[Macbeth to himself] My thought ... / Shakes so my single state of man / That function is smothered in surmise [i.e. my imaginings take away my power to act]
Tit II.iii.219[Quintus to Martius] my compassionate heart / Will not permit mine eyes once to behold / The thing whereat it trembles by surmise
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