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[in-sin-yoo-ey-shuh n] /ɪnˌsɪn yuˈeɪ ʃən/
an indirect or covert suggestion or hint, especially of a derogatory nature:
She made nasty insinuations about her rivals.
covert or artful suggestion or hinting, as of something implied:
His methods of insinuation are most ingenious.
subtle or artful instillment into the mind.
the art or power of stealing into the affections and pleasing; ingratiation:
He made his way by flattery and insinuation.
Archaic. a slow winding, worming, or stealing in.
Obsolete. an ingratiating act or speech.
Origin of insinuation
1520-30; < Latin insinuātion- (stem of insinuātiō). See insinuate, -ion
Related forms
preinsinuation, noun Unabridged
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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


an indirect or devious hint or suggestion
the act or practice of insinuating
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Word Origin and History for insinuation

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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