insinuation

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noun in·sin·u·a·tion \(ˌ)in-ˌsin-yə-ˈwā-shən, -yü-ˈā-\

Definition of insinuation

  1. 1 :  the act or process of insinuating

  2. 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


INSINUATION Defined for English Language Learners

insinuation

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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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