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Allude vs. Insinuate

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  • Allude (verb)

    To refer to something indirectly or by suggestion.

  • Insinuate (verb)

    To hint; to suggest tacitly while avoiding a direct statement.

    "She insinuated that her friends had betrayed her."

  • Insinuate (verb)

    To creep, wind, or flow into; to enter gently, slowly, or imperceptibly, as into crevices.

  • Insinuate (verb)

    To ingratiate; to obtain access to or introduce something by subtle, cunning or artful means.

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Oxford Dictionary
  • Allude (verb)

    To refer to something indirectly or by suggestion; to have reference to a subject not specifically and plainly mentioned; - followed by to; as, the story alludes to a recent transaction.

  • Allude

    To compare allusively; to refer (something) as applicable.

  • Insinuate

    To introduce gently or slowly, as by a winding or narrow passage, or a gentle, persistent movement.

  • Insinuate

    To introduce artfully; to infuse gently; to instill.

  • Insinuate

    To hint; to suggest by remote allusion; - often used derogatorily; as, did you mean to insinuate anything?

  • Insinuate

    To push or work (one's self), as into favor; to introduce by slow, gentle, or artful means; to ingratiate; - used reflexively.

  • Insinuate (verb)

    To creep, wind, or flow in; to enter gently, slowly, or imperceptibly, as into crevices.

  • Insinuate (verb)

    To ingratiate one's self; to obtain access or favor by flattery or cunning.

Webster Dictionary
  • Allude (verb)

    make a more or less disguised reference to;

    "He alluded to the problem but did not mention it"

  • Insinuate (verb)

    introduce or insert (oneself) in a subtle manner;

    "He insinuated himself into the conversation of the people at the nearby table"

  • Insinuate (verb)

    give to understand;

    "I insinuated that I did not like his wife"

Princeton's WordNet

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