in·​sin·​u·​a·​tion (ˌ)in-ˌsin-yə-ˈwā-shən How to pronounce insinuation (audio)
: something that is insinuated
especially : a sly, subtle, and usually derogatory utterance
: the act or process of insinuating

Examples of insinuation in a Sentence

I resent her insinuation that I can't do it without her help. He criticizes his opponents by insinuation rather than directly.
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Word History

First Known Use

1526, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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The first known use of insinuation was in 1526

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“Insinuation.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Apr. 2024.

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