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insinuation


  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Insinuation  \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}. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  insinuation 
  n  :  an  indirect  (and  usually  malicious)  implication  [syn:  {innuendo}] 




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