insinuation

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From Middle French insinuation, from Old French, from Latin insinuatio, from īnsinuō (to push in, creep in, steal in), from in (in) + sinus (a winding, bend, bay, fold, bosom)

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insinuation (plural insinuations)

  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, innuendo or intimation by distant allusion
    • slander may be conveyed by insinuations.

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insinuation f (plural insinuations)

  1. insinuation

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