Definition of insinuation in English:

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Pronunciation: /ɪnsɪnjʊˈeɪʃ(ə)n/


An unpleasant hint or suggestion of something bad: I’ve done nothing to deserve all your vicious insinuations [mass noun]: a piece of filthy insinuation
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  • The thefts were calculated and professional, and the staff were quick with unpleasant insinuations when the evil deeds were pointed out.
  • But there are just hints and insinuations that if I stick around long enough there might be a plot later.
  • Far be it from me to stoop to petty insinuations and suggestions, just to illustrate a point.
implication, inference, suggestion, hint, intimation, imputation, innuendo, reference, allusion, indication, undertone, overtone;
aspersion, slur, allegation


Mid 16th century: from Latin insinuatio(n-), from insinuare (see insinuate).

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