Insinuation

In*sin"u*a`tion

(?), n. [L. insinuatio: cf. F. insinuation.]
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1. The act or process of insinuating; a creeping, winding, or flowing in.
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By a soft insinuation mix'd
With earth's large mass.
Crashaw.
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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. Sir H. Wotton.
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I hope through the insinuation of Lord Scarborough to keep them here till further orders.
Lady Cowper.
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3. The art or power of gaining good will by a prepossessing manner.
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He bad a natural insinuation and address which made him acceptable in the best company.
Clarendon.
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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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I scorn your coarse insinuation.
Cowper.

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