Definition of insinuation in English:



  • An unpleasant hint or suggestion of something bad.

    ‘I've done nothing to deserve all your vicious insinuations’
    mass noun ‘a piece of filthy insinuation’
    • ‘There have also been many other insinuations made about my motives and reasoning for becoming involved in the club.’
    • ‘What is tangible are the insinuations and outright scolding heaped on various nations and entertainment and sports superstars who haven't ponied up what is perceived to be an adequate amount.’
    • ‘As usual there were lots of insinuations but there did not seem to be many facts.’
    • ‘But despite a press barrage of innuendo and insinuations, he has not been charged with, let alone found guilty of, any crime.’
    • ‘This was a field of much creativity, which ranged from the crudest slurs to the most subtle insinuations and allusions.’
    • ‘These are insinuations being spread about me because I belong to the poorer classes.’
    • ‘Opposition parties have levelled insinuations of skulduggery and secret agreements, but the Australian government has stuck hard to the line that no deal had been done.’
    • ‘He made the most unpalatable insinuations and unpleasant comparisons without hurting anyone's feelings and without giving cause for disapproval.’
    • ‘The Americans resent the charge that they could have prevented the looting, and museum officials are incensed by insinuations that their staff allowed or even profited from it.’
    • ‘So, the case has completely collapsed, and Kay is left with nothing but vague and unproved insinuations even in the small matters to which he continues to cling for whatever odd reason.’
    • ‘Mark gives numerous reasons for his attitude, along with somewhat threatening insinuations that resistance is futile and that ‘they’ will destroy you if you try.’
    • ‘She has turned it into an increasingly ludicrous set of insinuations, non sequiturs and delusions.’
    • ‘To see those headlines and read those insinuations did hurt, to say the least.’
    • ‘Further insinuations follow in the shape of questions over the pair's rare competition appearances.’
    • ‘Far be it from me to stoop to petty insinuations and suggestions, just to illustrate a point.’
    • ‘We deny all the implied allegations and insinuations in the strongest possible terms.’
    • ‘He had been making similar insinuations for the last three days.’
    • ‘There have been insinuations, accusations, denials and counter-accusations.’
    • ‘The thefts were calculated and professional, and the staff were quick with unpleasant insinuations when the evil deeds were pointed out.’
    • ‘But there are just hints and insinuations that if I stick around long enough there might be a plot later.’
    implication, inference, suggestion, hint, intimation, imputation, innuendo, reference, allusion, indication, undertone, overtone
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Mid 16th century: from Latin insinuatio(n-), from insinuare (see insinuate).