• WordNet 3.6
    • v insinuate give to understand "I insinuated that I did not like his wife"
    • v insinuate introduce or insert (oneself) in a subtle manner "He insinuated himself into the conversation of the people at the nearby table"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Insinuate To creep, wind, or flow in; to enter gently, slowly, or imperceptibly, as into crevices.
    • Insinuate To hint; to suggest by remote allusion; -- often used derogatorily; as, did you mean to insinuate anything?
    • Insinuate To ingratiate one's self; to obtain access or favor by flattery or cunning. "He would insinuate with thee but to make thee sigh.""To insinuate , flatter, bow, and bend my limbs."
    • Insinuate To introduce artfully; to infuse gently; to instill. "All the art of rhetoric, besides order and clearness, are for nothing else but to insinuate wrong ideas, move the passions, and thereby mislead the judgment.""Horace laughs to shame all follies and insinuates virtue, rather by familiar examples than by the severity of precepts."
    • Insinuate To introduce gently or slowly, as by a winding or narrow passage, or a gentle, persistent movement. "The water easily insinuates itself into, and placidly distends, the vessels of vegetables."
    • Insinuate To push or work (one's self), as into favor; to introduce by slow, gentle, or artful means; to ingratiate; -- used reflexively. "He insinuated himself into the very good grace of the Duke of Buckingham."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • insinuate To bring in tortuously or indirectly; introduce by devious means or by imperceptible degrees; worm in.
    • insinuate To hint obliquely; suggest indirectly, or by remote allusion.
    • insinuate Synonyms Intimate, Suggest, etc. See hint, transitive verb
    • insinuate To move tortuously; wind.
    • insinuate To creep or flow softly in; enter imperceptibly or stealthily.
    • insinuate To gain on the affections or confidence by cautious or artful means; ingratiate one's self.
    • insinuate To make hints or indirect suggestions.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Insinuate in-sin′ū-āt to introduce gently or artfully: to hint, esp. a fault: to work into favour
    • v.i Insinuate to creep or flow in: to enter gently: to obtain access by flattery or stealth
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  • Seneca
    “Conversation has a kind of charm about it, an insinuating and insidious something that elicits secrets just like love or liquor.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. insinuatus, p. p. of insinuare,to insinuate; pref. in-, in + sinus, the bosom. See Sinuous


In literature:

The starfish thrust his insinuating arms in among the distant hills to the north.
"The Forest" by Stewart Edward White
The victory over judgment and common sense is not secured at a blow, but by perpetual insinuation.
"Female Scripture Biographies, Vol. II" by Francis Augustus Cox
The lady looked pleased, and almost insinuated that she had seen one or two more.
"Vivian Grey" by Earl of Beaconsfield, Benjamin Disraeli
He has vented his insinuations hitherto, as without punishment, so, as it appears, without fear.
"The Works of Samuel Johnson, Vol. 10." by Samuel Johnson
Colonel Tarleton had insinuated that the petitions on the table had been obtained in an objectionable manner.
"The History of the Rise, Progress and Accomplishment of the" by Thomas Clarkson
Ask your daughter if I have ever spoken a word to her, or cast a look at her, which could justify these infamous insinuations.
"Round the Block" by John Bell Bouton
You intended it as an insinuation of equality.
"The Grandissimes" by George Washington Cable
It was not asserted that you pronounced my disease epilepsy, but insinuated that you thought so.
"Miriam Monfort" by Catherine A. Warfield
Was ever request for so small a "boon" couched in such lordly pomp of phrase and in such insinuating rhyme?
"Eugene Field, A Study In Heredity And Contradictions" by Slason Thompson
He then makes vague and fearful insinuations about my grammar and my erudition.
"Miscellanies" by Oscar Wilde

In poetry:

Insinuous thou that through the nerve
Windest the soul, and so canst win
Some from repinings, some from sin,
The Church's aim thou dost subserve.
"Herba Santa" by Herman Melville
His friends he loved. His fellest earthly foes--
Cats--I believe he did but feign to hate.
My hand will miss the insinuated nose,
Mine eyes the tail that wagg'd contempt at Fate.
"Epigrams" by William Watson

In news:

The new Mayor Bob Raymond put out a "Guest Commentary" to several papers to insinuate, among other things, that Charlie Whitehead "bashed" Fort Myers Beach.
"WHAT does the word "plain insinuate.
Observations, insinuations, ruminations and unvarnished opinions.
Jeter brushes off Bayless' HGH insinuation .
Don't fall for his insinuation that he won't restrict abortion.
The commentary "Occupy Maui Should Adhere to Nonviolence" published in the Feb 23-29 issue of the Maui Weekly insinuates that the Occupy Wall Street (OWS) movements are violent, domestic terrorist.
The commentary "Occupy Maui Should Adhere to Nonviolence" published in the Feb 23-29 issue of the Maui Weekly insinuates that the Occupy Wall Street (OWS) movements are violent, domestic terrorists.
A brief video that opened the Democratic National Convention has the political right, once again, insinuating that the left has un-American tendencies.
On Sunday afternoon, I busted Marco Antonio Rubio's chops for insinuating that Julio Cesar Chavez Jr used an illegal PED or PEDs before his unanimous decision title-defense win in San Antonio Saturday night.
Dinesh D'Souza insinuates that the editor and a reporter at a Christian publication have it in for him.
After attending a closed-door hearing, a Republican lawmaker insinuated that the CIA assessment of the Benghazi attacks had been changed.
Accusations, insinuations and outright lies will rain down upon us, creating a messy puddle of mud that will be ideal for slinging.
MLK's Niece Insinuates Gay Marriage Supporters Going to Hell.
It shows how talk about race in Election 2012 has been through insinuations and insults.
After the release of Mitt Romney's tax returns, his opponents leveled some unfair accusations and insinuations about his personal finances.

In science:

First, we note that the complex Klein-Gordon quantum field has insinuated negative frequency modes by a judicious use of complex conjugation, which undermines a restriction to positive frequency.
Equivalence of the Klein-Gordon random field and the complex Klein-Gordon quantum field
They insinuate that the dynamics of information flow is such that information moves “outward” from the site of occurrence of an ND event.
Causality, Knowledge and Coordination in Distributed Systems
The insinuation is that as you run the machine on itself, the bitlength of the ”code” portion gets longer and longer, increasing the ratio of code to data, which is directly proportional to certainty.