In*sin"u*a`tion (?), n. [L. insinuatio: cf. F. insinuation.]


The act or process of insinuating; a creeping, winding, or flowing in.

By a soft insinuation mix'd With earth's large mass. Crashaw.


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.

Sir H. Wotton.

I hope through the insinuation of Lord Scarborough to keep them here till further orders. Lady Cowper.


The art or power of gaining good will by a prepossessing manner.

He bad a natural insinuation and address which made him acceptable in the best company. Clarendon.


That which is insinuated; a hint; a suggestion or intimation by distant allusion; as, slander may be conveyed by insinuations.

I scorn your coarse insinuation. Cowper.

Syn. -- Hint; intimation; suggestion. See Innuendo.


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