insinuative


Also found in: Thesaurus, Idioms.

in·sin·u·ate

 (ĭn-sĭn′yo͞o-āt′)
v. in·sin·u·at·ed, in·sin·u·at·ing, in·sin·u·ates
v.tr.
1. To express or otherwise convey (a thought, for example) in an indirect or insidious way. See Synonyms at suggest.
2.
a. To maneuver or insert (oneself) into a place: "One of the boys insinuated himself next to me and squeezed my hand" (Caroline Preston).
b. To cause (oneself) to be involved or accepted by subtle and artful means: insinuated himself into court intrigues; insinuated herself into my good graces.
v.intr.
To make insinuations.

[Latin īnsinuāre, īnsinuāt- : in-, in; see in-2 + sinuāre, to curve (from sinus, curve).]

in·sin′u·a′tive adj.
in·sin′u·a′tor n.
in·sin′u·a·tor′y (-yo͞o-ə-tôr′ē) adj.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:

insinuative

adjective
Provoking a change of outlook and especially gradual doubt and suspicion:
References in periodicals archive ?
For the avoidance of doubt, the entire publication by myjoyonline.com, from it so called exclusive source, is factually inaccurate, false, insinuative and malicious.
The complaint further stated, "The offensive material is not only false, but frivoious, defamatory, abusive and insinuative and has been done with the intention to insult and libel me and cause a scandal by slandering and slurring my character."
In tweet 1, the most retweeted in this sample, Modi used a mix of wordplay and sarcasm to attack Defense Minister A K Antony by using the "AK" alliteration to juxtapose Antony with Kalashnikovs (guns) in an insinuative reference to the Kashmir conflict.