insinuate
[ in-sin-yoo-eyt ]
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Part of Speech verb
Origin + Etymology
early 19th century; from the Latin insinuat- "introduced tortuously," from the verb insinuare, from in- "in" + sinuare "to curve"
Synonyms
    1.
  • allude connote
    2.
  • ascribe imply impute
Antonyms
    1.
  • blurt out denote state proclaim
    2.
  • conceal hide leave alone withhold
Definition
1. to instill or infuse subtly or artfully, as into the mind
2. to suggest or hint slyly
Examples
1. A) The messaging was trying to insinuate that their competitor used old ingredients while avoiding any outright slander. B) Her book seemed to insinuate some rather disturbing themes, but never in a concrete way.
2. A) She would not dare to insinuate that her mother was in the wrong, even if she believed it. B) He chose to subtly insinuate that he would like to go on a date with her because he was too nervous to flat-out ask.
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