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innuendo


  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Innuendo  \In`nu*en"do\,  n.;  pl  {Innuedoes}(?).  [L.,  by 
  intimation,  by  hinting,  gerund  of  innuere  innutum  to  give  a 
  nod,  to  intimate;  pref.  in-  in  to  +  -nuere  (in  comp.)  to 
  nod.  See  {Nutation}.] 
  1.  An  oblique  hint;  a  remote  allusion  or  reference,  usually 
  derogatory  to  a  person  or  thing  not  named  an  insinuation. 
 
  Mercury  .  .  .  owns  it  a  marriage  by  an  innuendo. 
  --Dryden. 
 
  Pursue  your  trade  of  scandal  picking;  Your 
  innuendoes,  when  you  tell  us  That  Stella  loves  to 
  talk  with  fellows.  --Swift. 
 
  2.  (Law)  An  averment  employed  in  pleading,  to  point  the 
  application  of  matter  otherwise  unintelligible;  an 
  interpretative  parenthesis  thrown  into  quoted  matter  to 
  explain  an  obscure  word  or  words  --  as  the  plaintiff 
  avers  that  the  defendant  said  that  he  (innuendo  the 
  plaintiff)  was  a  thief.  --Wharton. 
 
  Note:  The  term  is  so  applied  from  having  been  the 
  introductory  word  of  this  averment  or  parenthetic 
  explanation  when  pleadings  were  in  Latin.  The  word 
  ``meaning''  is  used  as  its  equivalent  in  modern  forms. 
 
  Syn:  Insinuation;  suggestion;  hint;  intimation;  reference; 
  allusion;  implication;  representation;  --  {Innuendo}, 
  {Insinuation}. 
 
  Usage:  An  innuendo  is  an  equivocal  allusion  so  framed  as  to 
  point  distinctly  at  something  which  is  injurious  to 
  the  character  or  reputation  of  the  person  referred  to 
  An  insinuation  turns  on  no  such  double  use  of 
  language,  but  consists  in  artfully  winding  into  the 
  mind  imputations  of  an  injurious  nature  without  making 
  any  direct  charge. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  innuendo 
  n  :  an  indirect  (and  usually  malicious)  implication  [syn:  {insinuation}] 




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