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 Larry Kudlow, director of the National Economic Council, disputed any insinuation he was influenced by the car companies, though. Washington Examiner, "Former Trump adviser alleges Trump caved to auto lobby on fuel economy rule," 24 June 2020 But Team Trump denies the insinuation that Tiktok's Gen Z or K-pop's hard leftist could be responsible for derailing this large of a rally. Brianna Provenzano,, "How TikTok Teens & K-Pop Fans Made Trump’s Tulsa Rally Go From “Huge!” To “Sad!”," 22 June 2020 Big Tech’s insinuation into government affairs, the industry’s most powerful companies will almost certainly exploit their relationships with agencies to damage less powerful rivals and extract lucrative contracts. Franklin Foer, The Atlantic, "Big Tech’s Pandemic Power Grab," 12 June 2020 But residents in attendance refused to accept his opinion and shouted that his insinuation that distancing and lockdown guidance had anything to do with slowing the spread. Spencer Neale, Washington Examiner, "'Go to hell': Hecklers unload on Maryland county official at reopening announcement," 28 May 2020 Joe Biden defended himself against Donald Trump Jr.'s insinuation that parents shouldn't trust him with their children. Naomi Lim, Washington Examiner, "'He is his father's son': Biden rips Donald Trump Jr. as 'sick' for suggesting he's a pedophile," 19 May 2020 The insinuation came in a series of posts on Twitter by Zhao Lijian, a ministry spokesman who has made good use of the platform, which is blocked in China, to push a newly aggressive, and hawkish, diplomatic strategy. Steven Lee Myers,, "China claims that the US army started the coronavirus," 13 Mar. 2020 In a stunning failure of diplomacy, American and Chinese officials have been trading insinuations, all but blaming each other for covid-19. The Economist, "China v America Expelling journalists is no way to fight a pandemic," 21 Mar. 2020 There’s this insinuation that people just want to get out of work. Yeganeh Torbati, ProPublica, "The CDC Recommends Americans Stay at Home — Unless They Work for the CDC," 17 Mar. 2020

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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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2 Jul 2020

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“Insinuation.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 Jul. 2020.

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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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