In*sin"u*a`tion (?), n. [L.
insinuatio: cf. F. insinuation.]
1. The act or process of insinuating; a
creeping, winding, or flowing in.
By a soft insinuation mix'd Crashaw.
With earth's large mass.
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.
I hope through the insinuation of Lord
Scarborough to keep them here till further orders.
3. The art or power of gaining good will by a
He bad a natural insinuation and address which
made him acceptable in the best company.
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.
Syn. -- Hint; intimation; suggestion. See