• WordNet 3.6
    • n insinuation 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 insinuation an indirect (and usually malicious) implication
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Insinuation 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 ."
    • Insinuation 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. "I hope through the insinuation of Lord Scarborough to keep them here till further orders."
    • Insinuation The act or process of insinuating; a creeping, winding, or flowing in. "By a soft insinuation mix'd
      With earth's large mass."
    • Insinuation 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."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n insinuation The act of insinuating; a creeping or winding in; a tortuous or stealthy passage, as into crevices, or (figuratively) into favor or affection.
    • n insinuation The art or power of pleasing and stealing into the affections.
    • n insinuation That which is insinuated; a suggestion or intimation by indirect allusion; an oblique hint; an innuendo.
    • n insinuation In civil law, the lodging of an alleged will with the officer charged with the duty of registering wills, as a step toward procuring its probate, and establishing it as a part of the records.
    • n insinuation In rhetoric, a kind of exordium, in which the favor of the judge or hearers is sought to be gained indirectly or by special considerations, in spite of a discreditable client, an unfavorable case, prejudice or weariness on the part of the judge, etc.: distinguished from the exordium or proem in the narrower sense, in which a favorable hearing is claimed or solicited directly and openly.
    • n insinuation Synonyms Intimation, Suggestion, etc. See hint, transitive verb
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Insinuation act of insinuating: power of insinuating: that which is insinuated: a hint, esp. conveying an indirect imputation
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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. insinuatio,: cf. F. insinuation,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. insinuāre, -ātumin, in, sinus, a curve.


In literature:

The satire was covert and artfully insinuated; the praise was short and sweet.
"Table-Talk" by William Hazlitt
I don't mean to insinuate that Miss Demolines is particularly bad, or indeed that she is worse than young ladies in general.
"The Last Chronicle of Barset" by Anthony Trollope
M. d'Hubieres recommenced his proposals, but with more insinuations, more oratorical precautions, more shrewdness.
"Original Short Stories, Volume 9 (of 13)" by Guy de Maupassant
M. d'Hubieres recommenced his proposals, but with more insinuations, more oratorical precautions, more shrewdness.
"Maupassant Original Short Stories (180), Complete" by Guy de Maupassant
He sprang up another foot in height, and expanded equally in width as he flung back the insinuation.
"Doctor Thorne" by Anthony Trollope
Will not be ignoble and say the harsh thing, but only insinuate it.
"In Defense of Harriet Shelley" by Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
Moderator, I protest,' he cried, when he could get a hearing, 'against these insinuations.
"The Doctor" by Ralph Connor
Now, I tell you," went on Foxy, insinuatingly, "you have got how much at home?
"Glengarry Schooldays" by Ralph Connor
Again, it is charged, or rather insinuated, that officers of the Bank have loaned money at usurious rates of interest.
"The Papers And Writings Of Abraham Lincoln, Complete" by Abraham Lincoln
Let alone," quoth I, insinuatingly, "that anybody would be glad to row you.
"News from Nowhere or An Epoch of Rest, being some chapters from A Utopian Romance" by William Morris

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:

All Coren had to do was apologize for these nauseating insinuations and remarks.
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.
Susan Brown, in her editorial in last Friday's paper, insinuated that those of us who voted for President Obama are ignorant and anti-Christian.
The insinuation is voting to re-elect Barack Obama is reminiscent of votes for Abraham Lincoln.
A nasty joke found its way on Wednesday's episode of MSNBC's Morning Joe, with commentator John Heilemann insinuating conservative South Carolina senator Lindsey Graham is a woman.
" The insinuation was — by my lights, at least — that conservatives who disagreed with him and his "strong-government conservatism" were somehow lacking in compassion .
John Rakolta Jr said insinuations that Walbridge would participate in illegal acts were hard to hear.
In the ad, Edison insinuates that Rick is against providing cancer screenings for women.
Nov 16, 2012 — After attending a closed-door hearing, a Republican lawmaker insinuated that the CIA assessment of the Benghazi attacks had been changed.
WikiLeaks has brought to light a series of disturbing insinuations and startling truths in the last year, some earth-shattering, others simply confirmations of our darkest suspicions about the way the world works.
In a post on its "Truth Team" blog, the Obama campaign called the GAI report and its insinuations politically-motivated, citing a history of right-leaning political activism by authors Schweizer and the Government Accountability Institute.
Items on this list were fabrications, insinuations, suppositions and blatant falsehoods.
Nevertheless, he still looked shocked when a congressman insinuated he might be impeached .
'Harry' insinuates itself brilliantly / Thriller recalls Hitchcock, Kubrick .

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.