innuendo

[in-yoo-en-doh]
noun, plural innuendos, innuendoes.
1.
an indirect intimation about a person or thing, especially of a disparaging or a derogatory nature.
2.
Law.
a.
a parenthetic explanation or specification in a pleading.
b.
(in an action for slander or libel) the explanation and elucidation of the words alleged to be defamatory.
c.
the word or expression thus explained.

Origin:
1555–65; < Latin: a hint, literally, by signaling, ablative of innuendum, gerund of innuere to signal, equivalent to in- in-2 + nuere to nod


1. insinuation, imputation.
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innuendo (ˌɪnjʊˈɛndəʊ)
 
n , pl -dos, -does
1.  an indirect or subtle reference, esp one made maliciously or indicating criticism or disapproval; insinuation
2.  law (in pleading) a word introducing an explanatory phrase, usually in parenthesis
3.  in an action for defamation law
 a.  an explanation of the construction put upon words alleged to be defamatory where the defamatory meaning is not apparent
 b.  the words thus explained
 
[C17: from Latin, literally: by hinting, from innuendum, gerund of innuere to convey by a nod, from in-² + nuere to nod]

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innuendo
1678, "oblique hint, indiscreet suggestion," usually a depreciatory one, from L. innuendo "by meaning, pointing to," lit. "giving a nod to," abl. of ger. of innuere "to mean, signify," lit. "to nod to," from in- "at" + nuere "to nod." Originally a legal phrase (1564) from M.L., with the sense of "to
wit." It often introduced the derogatory meaning alleged in libel cases, which influenced its broader meaning.
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Example sentences
Try reading through the comments again and see which side has the edge on
  slurs, labels, innuendos and no argument.
But there have been no innuendos, flirtations, or sweet nothings.
These languages do not lend themselves to innuendos and articulate
  constructions, rather aim at clarity.
Rather than trying to clean up their house, its officials are busy voicing
  innuendos against the news agency that broke the story.
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