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Meaning of INSINUATION

Pronunciation:  in`sinyoo'eyshun

 
WordNet Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
  1. [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"
  2. [n]  an indirect (and usually malicious) implication
 

INSINUATION is a 11 letter word that starts with I.

 

 Synonyms: ingratiation, innuendo
 
 See Also: blandishment, implication, wheedling

 

 

Webster's 1913 Dictionary
 
 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}.



 
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