in-sinuation

insinuation

[in-sin-yoo-ey-shuhn]
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:
1520–30; < Latin insinuātion- (stem of insinuātiō). See insinuate, -ion

preinsinuation, noun
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insinuation (ɪnˌsɪnjʊˈeɪʃən)
 
n
1.  an indirect or devious hint or suggestion
2.  the act or practice of insinuating

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