AskDefine | Define insinuation

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1 an indirect (and usually malicious) implication [syn: innuendo]
2 the act of gaining acceptance or affection for yourself by persuasive and subtle blandishments; "she refused to use insinuation in order to gain favor" [syn: ingratiation]

User Contributed Dictionary



  • /ɪnˌsɪnjuˈeɪʃən/, /In%sInju"eIS@n/
  • Rhymes: -eɪʃǝn


  1. The act or process of insinuating; a creeping, winding, or flowing in.
  2. The act of gaining favor, affection, or influence, by gentle or artful means; -- formerly used in a good sense, as of friendly influence or interposition.
  3. The art or power of gaining good will by a prepossessing manner.
  4. That which is insinuated; a hint; a suggestion or intimation by distant allusion; as, slander may be conveyed by insinuations.



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  1. insinuation

Extensive Definition

An innuendo is a figure of speech which indicates an indirect or subtle, usually derogatory implication in expression; an insinuation.
Innuendo might also be:
insinuation in Hebrew: Innuendo
insinuation in Dutch: Innuendo
insinuation in Serbian: Innuendo

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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