insinuation

noun in·sin·u·a·tion \ (ˌ)in-ˌsin-yə-ˈwā-shən , -yü-ˈā- \
|Updated on: 5 Jul 2018

Definition of insinuation

1 : the act or process of insinuating
2 : something that is insinuated; especially : a sly, subtle, and usually derogatory utterance

Examples of insinuation in a Sentence

  1. I resent her insinuation that I can't do it without her help.

  2. He criticizes his opponents by insinuation rather than directly.

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First Known Use of insinuation

1526

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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INSINUATION Defined for English Language Learners

insinuation

Definition of insinuation for English Language Learners

  • : a usually bad or insulting remark that is said in an indirect way

  • : the act of saying something bad or insulting in an indirect way



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