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insinuation

[in-sin-yoo-ey-shuh n] /ɪnˌsɪn yuˈeɪ ʃən/
noun
1.
an indirect or covert suggestion or hint, especially of a derogatory nature:
She made nasty insinuations about her rivals.
2.
covert or artful suggestion or hinting, as of something implied:
His methods of insinuation are most ingenious.
3.
subtle or artful instillment into the mind.
4.
the art or power of stealing into the affections and pleasing; ingratiation:
He made his way by flattery and insinuation.
5.
Archaic. a slow winding, worming, or stealing in.
6.
Obsolete. an ingratiating act or speech.
Origin
1520-1530
1520-30; < Latin insinuātion- (stem of insinuātiō). See insinuate, -ion
Related forms
preinsinuation, noun
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  • And her insinuation that their looming extinction stems from internal rifts, not simply emigration, seems spurious.
  • The remark need not be construed into an insinuation that the work of last evening does not deserve to have larger audiences.
  • Instead, the brain files away a sea of clues, alert to the subtlest insinuation of a pattern.
  • But the insinuation that blame for this outcome should fall squarely on the shoulders of financiers alone is ludicrous.
  • But the insinuation goes beyond an error of omission: it involves intent.
  • The question is legitimate, but insinuation itself is a bitter pill.
  • It plays on stereotypes and works by insinuation and pandering.
  • Amid clouds of misstatements he relies almost wholly on insinuation and bluster.
  • And that insinuation is true, as confirmed by your friends who are part of that scene.
  • There does seem to be the long term insinuation that something could occur to the north of the railroad tracks.
British Dictionary definitions for insinuation

insinuation

/ɪnˌsɪnjʊˈeɪʃən/
noun
1.
an indirect or devious hint or suggestion
2.
the act or practice of insinuating
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Word Origin and History for insinuation
n.

1520s, from Latin insinuationem (nominative insinuatio) "entrance through a narrow way; an ingratiating oneself," noun of action from past participle stem of insinuare (see insinuate).

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