Definitions for: Insinuation


[n] the act of gaining acceptance or affection for yourself by persuasive and subtle blandishments; "she refused to use insinuation in order to gain favor"
[n] an indirect (and usually malicious) implication



Webster (1913) Definition: In*sin"u*a`tion, n. [L. insinuatio: cf. F.
insinuation.]
1. The act or process of insinuating; a creeping, winding, or
flowing in.

By a soft insinuation mix'd With earth's large mass.
--Crashaw.

2. 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. --Sir H.
Wotton.

I hope through the insinuation of Lord Scarborough
to keep them here till further orders. --Lady
Cowper.

3. The art or power of gaining good will by a prepossessing
manner.

He bad a natural insinuation and address which made
him acceptable in the best company. --Clarendon.

4. That which is insinuated; a hint; a suggestion or
intimation by distant allusion; as, slander may be
conveyed by insinuations.

I scorn your coarse insinuation. --Cowper.

Syn: Hint; intimation; suggestion. See Innuendo.

Synonyms: ingratiation, innuendo

See Also: blandishment, implication, wheedling

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