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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Example sentences
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.
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