insinuate | insinuation

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suggest something in an indirect way

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When you ‘insinuate’, you imply something that may or may not be true in a subtle way. It is usually used in relation to something unpleasant or dishonest that a person does not want to say directly for fear of getting into trouble or causing conflict.

Synonyms imply,intimate,indicate
Antonyms declare,proclaim,attest

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  1. By asking me if I felt justified to say what I said, Susan was clearly trying to insinuate that I was in the wrong.

  2. There is no evidence that Alex embezzled money from the firm. It’s all just rumour and insinuation.

  3. In the article, the journalist seemed to insinuate that the politician was lying, though he denied that was the case.

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