ศัพท์ น่าสับสน ชุด I – Imply - insinuate
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ออกเสียง insinuate = ‘in-SIN-yoo-yet’
Dictionary of Problem Words and Expression
Imply – insinuate
To imply is to indicate without actual statement
something that is to be inferred (See IMPLY, INFRT).
To insinuate is to hint slyly or subtly, to instill an idea by tricky, subtle, or underhanded means.
Insinuate also means “to enter or introduce by devious ways.”
“Sis insinuated herself into the group over the protests of some members.”
“This is propaganda insinuated into the unsuspecting minds of citizens.”
“Did the speaker intend to imply that we have insinuated in people’s minds doubt about the real purpose of his actions?”
Choose the Right Synonym for insinuate
INTRODUCE is a general term for bringing or placing a thing or person into a group or body already in existence. introduced a new topic into the conversation
INSERT implies putting into a fixed or open space between or among. inserted a clause in the contract
INSINUATE implies introducing gradually or by gentle pressure. insinuated himself into the group
INTERPOLATE applies to the inserting of something extraneous or spurious. interpolated her own comments into the report
INTERCALATE suggests an intrusive inserting of something in an existing series or sequence. new chapters intercalated with the old
INTERPOSE suggests inserting an obstruction or cause of delay. interpose barriers to communication
INTERJECT implies an abrupt or forced introduction. interjected a question
mean to convey an idea indirectly.
SUGGEST may stress putting into the mind by association of ideas, awakening of a desire, or initiating a train of thought. a film title that suggests its subject matter
HINT implies the use of slight or remote suggestion with a minimum of overt statement. hinted that she might get the job
INTIMATE stresses delicacy of suggestion without connoting any lack of candor. intimates that there is more to the situation than meets the eye
INSINUATE applies to the conveying of a usually unpleasant idea in a sly underhanded manner. insinuated that there were shady dealings
When to Use Insinuate
The meaning of insinuate is similar to that of another verb, suggest.
Whether you suggest or insinuate something, you are conveying an idea indirectly. But although these two words share the same basic meaning, each gets the idea across in a different way. When you suggest something, you put it into the mind by associating it with other ideas, desires, or thoughts.
You might say, for example, that a book's title suggests what the story is about.
The word insinuate, on the other hand, usually includes a sense that the idea being conveyed is unpleasant, or that it is being passed along in a sly or underhanded way ("She insinuated that I cheated").
Abused, Confused, & Misused Words by Mary Embree
hint, suggest, imply, introduce artfully:
Did you mean to insinuate that I am wrong?
Not to be confused with:
incinerate – burn up, reduce to ashes:
incinerate the evidence
to hint at: She insinuated that they were having an affair.;
to instill subtly or slyly, as into the mind: to insinuate doubts; inject, inculcate
Not to be confused with:
intimate – to indicate or make known indirectly:
She intimated that they were married.