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insinuation

[in-sin-yoo-ey-shuh n] /ɪnˌsɪn yuˈeɪ ʃən/
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 of insinuation
1520-1530
First recorded in 1520-30, insinuation is from the Latin word insinuātion- (stem of insinuātiō). See insinuate, -ion
Related forms
preinsinuation, noun
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  • Again that distasteful expression fraught with distrust and insinuation.

    Thoroughbreds W. A. Fraser
  • De Naarboveck did not seem to understand the insinuation conveyed.

    A Nest of Spies Pierre Souvestre
  • If she could repel Madame Beattie's insinuation, it must mean she had something on her side.

    The Prisoner Alice Brown
  • He was an adept in the art of insinuation; besides that, he knew "every one."

    Luttrell Of Arran Charles James Lever
  • But she, too, was stung to wrath by the insinuation which his words contained.

    Kept in the Dark

    Anthony Trollope
  • She flushed with rage, exasperated by the insinuation she believed was intended.

British Dictionary definitions for insinuation

insinuation

/ɪnˌsɪnjʊˈeɪʃən/
noun
1.
an indirect or devious hint or suggestion
2.
the act or practice of insinuating
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Word Origin and History for insinuation
n.

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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