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 Some of the tantalizing conversations in later episodes are five to 10 minutes of uninterrupted talk and insinuation, great stuff invariably broken up to spend time sitting in a car with Greg Kinnear. Daniel Fienberg, The Hollywood Reporter, 7 July 2022 Windhorst’s unspoken insinuation is that the Jazz are up to something big. Gordon Monson, The Salt Lake Tribune, 1 July 2022 There was never an insinuation or suggestion that there was any shade to one another. Stephen Daw, Billboard, 13 June 2022 Carson opts to portray the ravage of resources indirectly, through mood and insinuation. Anelise Chen, The Atlantic, 17 May 2022 That insinuation also hangs over the other case Mr. Durham has developed, which is set to go to trial later this year. New York Times, 15 May 2022 Depp’s lawsuit was allowed to proceed on the doctrine of defamation by implication, which holds that seemingly neutral and accurate statements can still make a defamatory insinuation. Gene Maddaus, Variety, 10 May 2022 Lil Nas, tickled by the insinuation, called out Benzino for not knowing how to explain a kiss to his kids. Stephen Daw, Billboard, 11 Apr. 2022 That insinuation is used to support the narrative that Ukraine – characterized by Moscow as an American puppet state – threatens Russia, and not the other way around. Simone Mccarthy, CNN, 10 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of insinuation

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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27 Jul 2022

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“Insinuation.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Aug. 2022.

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