insinuation: Meaning and Definition of


Pronunciation: (in-sin"y-ā'shun), [key]
— n.
  1. an indirect or covert suggestion or hint, esp. of a derogatory nature: She made nasty insinuations about her rivals.
  2. covert or artful suggestion or hinting, as of something implied: His methods of insinuation are most ingenious.
  3. subtle or artful instillment into the mind.
  4. the art or power of stealing into the affections and pleasing; ingratiation: He made his way by flattery and insinuation.
  5. a slow winding, worming, or stealing in.
  6. an ingratiating act or speech.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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