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insinuating


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  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Insinuate  \In*sin"u*ate\,  v.  t.  [imp.  &  p.  p.  {Insinuated};  p. 
  pr  &  vb  n.  {Insinuating}.]  [L.  insinuatus  p.  p.  of 
  insinuareto  insinuate;  pref.  in-  in  +  sinus  the  bosom.  See 
  {Sinuous}.] 
  1.  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. 
  --Woodward. 
 
  2.  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.  --Locke. 
 
  Horace  laughs  to  shame  all  follies  and  insinuates 
  virtue,  rather  by  familiar  examples  than  by  the 
  severity  of  precepts.  --Dryden. 
 
  3.  To  hint;  to  suggest  by  remote  allusion;  --  often  used 
  derogatorily;  as  did  you  mean  to  insinuate  anything? 
 
  4.  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.  --Clarendon. 
 
  Syn:  To  instill;  hint;  suggest;  intimate. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Insinuating  \In*sin"u*a`ting\,  a. 
  Winding,  creeping,  or  flowing  in  quietly  or  stealthily; 
  suggesting;  winning  favor  and  confidence  insensibly. 
  --Milton. 
 
  His  address  was  courteous,  and  even  insinuating. 
  --Prescott. 




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