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.
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]