in·​sin·​u·​a·​tion | \ (ˌ)in-ˌsin-yə-ˈwā-shən How to pronounce insinuation (audio) , -yü-ˈā- \

Definition of insinuation

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

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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.
Recent Examples on the Web Though not explicitly stated, there's a clear insinuation of malpractice. Emily Leiker, USA TODAY, 11 June 2021 The episode demonstrates the way that the concept of critical race theory -- even the insinuation of it -- has come to dominate local school board meetings, trustee races and legislative debates in post-Trump America. Corbett Smith, Dallas News, 22 May 2021 The insinuation that wind turbines cannot work in cold weather has no grounding in reality. Amir Husain, Forbes, 4 Mar. 2021 The obvious insinuation from the white mother was that the little Black girl didn’t belong in ballet. Scott D. Pierce, The Salt Lake Tribune, 21 Feb. 2021 Biggs and Brooks denied the insinuation in comments to The Washington Post this week. Michael Kranish,, 13 Jan. 2021 But the insinuation that tax and health-care policy are literally matters of civil rights is a move meant to shield their policies from criticism. Mene Ukueberuwa, WSJ, 31 Dec. 2020 Central to claims of fraud is the insinuation that poll watchers, especially Republicans, were not allowed to watch the processing of ballots. Matthew Brown, USA TODAY, 15 Dec. 2020 Multiple sources vehemently pushed back on the insinuation any prospective coach had to retain current Auburn assistants including Steele. John Talty |, al, 23 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of insinuation

1526, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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21 Jun 2021

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“Insinuation.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of insinuation

: 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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