Etymology
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insinuation (n.)

1520s, "act of making an indirect suggestion;" 1530s, "that which is indirectly suggested," from French insinuation (16c.) or directly from Latin insinuationem (nominative insinuatio) "entrance through a narrow way; an ingratiating oneself," noun of action from past-participle stem of insinuare "creep in, intrude, wind one's way into" (see insinuate).

updated on December 07, 2020

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Definitions of insinuation from WordNet

insinuation (n.)
an indirect (and usually malicious) implication;
Synonyms: innuendo
insinuation (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
Synonyms: ingratiation
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