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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典

 in·sin·u·a·tion /(ˌ)ɪnˌsɪnjəˈweʃən/

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 In·sin·u·a·tion n.
 1. The act or process of insinuating; a creeping, winding, or flowing in.
 By a soft insinuation mix'd
 With earth's large mass.   --Crashaw.
 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.
    I hope through the insinuation of Lord Scarborough to keep them here till further orders.   --Lady Cowper.
 3. 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.
 4. 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.

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      n 1: an indirect (and usually malicious) implication [syn: innuendo]
      2: the act of gaining acceptance or affection for yourself by
         persuasive and subtle blandishments; "she refused to use
         insinuation in order to gain favor" [syn: ingratiation]