Insinuation meaning

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The definition of an insinuation is an indirect hint or a suggestion of something bad.

An indirect hint that someone is lying is an example of an insinuation.

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Something insinuated, especially an artfully indirect, often derogatory suggestion.
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The act of insinuating.
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Something insinuated.
  • A sly hint or suggestion, esp. against someone.
  • Action or remark intended to win favor.
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The act or process of insinuating; a creeping, winding, or flowing in.
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The act of gaining favor, affection, or influence, by gentle or artful means; — formerly used in a good sense, as of friendly influence or interposition.
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The art or power of gaining good will by a prepossessing manner.
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That which is insinuated; a hint; a suggestion, innuendo or intimation by distant allusion.
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The act, process, or practice of insinuating.
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Origin of insinuation

  • From Middle French insinuation, from Old French, from Latin insinuatio, from īnsinuō (“to push in, creep in, steal in”), from in (“in”) + sinus (“a winding, bend, bay, fold, bosom”)

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