- to suggest or hint slyly: He insinuated that they were lying.
- to instill or infuse subtly or artfully, as into the mind: to insinuate doubts through propaganda.
- to bring or introduce into a position or relation by indirect or artful methods: to insinuate oneself into favor.
- to make insinuations.
Origin of insinuate
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Examples from the Web for insinuated
Ryan insinuated that the Democratic Party is selling the American people a welfare state.Paul Ryan: Democrats Offer Americans a ‘Full Stomach and an Empty Soul’
March 6, 2014
Obamacare does not, as Romney insinuated, take $716 billion away from current Medicare recipients.Obama vs. Romney Presidential Debate Fact-Check: Who Lied?
October 4, 2012
The bureau, however, dropped the confidential informant, Emad Salem, who had insinuated himself into the plot.J. Edgar Hoover and the FBI’s War on Americans’ Civil Liberties
February 14, 2012
"Do you good," he insinuated, pushing the bottle gently over.The Black Bag
Louis Joseph Vance
In secret he insinuated into the lady's ear that she was admired by the prince.Tales And Novels, Volume 8 (of 10)
Yes; but she had not been his, insinuated vanity; another had whipped her off before his eyes.The Strollers
Frederic S. Isham
"And get others to see it, too," I insinuated, with a glance at the bowed back by his side.Lord Jim
He felt Razumov's reluctance, and insinuated his hand under his arm caressingly.Under Western Eyes
- (may take a clause as object) to suggest by indirect allusion, hints, innuendo, etc
- (tr) to introduce subtly or deviously
- (tr) to cause (someone, esp oneself) to be accepted by gradual approaches or manoeuvres
Word Origin and History for insinuated
1520s, from Latin insinuatus, past participle of insinuare "to throw in, push in, make a way; creep in, intrude, bring in by windings and curvings, wind one's way into," from in- "in" (see in- (2)) + sinuare "to wind, bend, curve," from sinus "a curve, winding." Sense of "to introduce tortuously or indirectly" is from 1640s. Related: Insinuated; insinuating; insinuatingly.