(rare) To creep, wind, or flow into; to enter gently, slowly, or imperceptibly, as into crevices.
(figurative, by extension) To ingratiate; to obtain access to or introduce something by subtle, cunning or artful means.
* 1995 , , p. 242
- The water easily insinuates itself into, and placidly distends, the vessels of vegetables.
* John Locke
- Nanny didn't so much enter places as insinuate herself; she had unconsciously taken a natural talent for liking people and developed it into an occult science.
- All the art of rhetoric, besides order and clearness, are for nothing else but to insinuate wrong ideas, move the passions, and thereby mislead the judgment.
- Horace laughs to shame all follies and insinuates virtue, rather by familiar examples than by the severity of precepts.
To hint; to suggest tacitly while avoiding a direct statement.
- He insinuated himself into the very good grace of the Duke of Buckingham.
- She insinuated that her friends had betrayed her.
* (Make a way for or introduce something by subtle, crafty or artful means. ): imply
(etyl), from (etyl)
Culpability for something negative or undesirable.
- Blame came from all directions.
Responsibility for something meriting censure.
- The blame for starting the fire lies with the arsonist.
- They accepted the blame , but it was an accident.
* put the blame on
(etyl), from (etyl) blasmer, from . Compare (blaspheme)
To censure (someone or something); to criticize.
* 1590 , Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene , III.ii:
- though my loue be not so lewdly bent, / As those ye blame , yet may it nought appease / My raging smart [...].
* 1919 , (Saki), ‘The Oversight’, The Toys of Peace :
- These peculiarities of Dorothea's character caused Mr. Brooke to be all the more blamed in neighboring families for not securing some middle-aged lady as guide and companion to his nieces.
* 2006 , Clive James, North Face of Soho , Picador 2007, p. 106:
- That was the year that Sir Richard was writing his volume on Domestic Life in Tartary . The critics all blamed it for a lack of concentration.
(obsolete) To bring into disrepute.
* 1590 , Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene , II.viii:
- I covered the serious programmes too, and indeed, right from the start, I spent more time praising than blaming .
To assert or consider that someone is the cause of something negative; to place blame, to attribute responsibility (for something negative or for doing something negative).
- For knighthoods loue, do not so foule a deed, / Ne blame your honour with so shamefull vaunt / Of vile reuenge.
- The arsonist was blamed for the fire.
* reproach, take to task, upbraid
* (consider that someone is the cause of something negative) hold to account