Insinuate vs Impugn - What's the difference?
As verbs the difference between insinuate and impugn
is that insinuate
is (rare) to creep, wind, or flow into; to enter gently, slowly, or imperceptibly, as into crevices while impugn
is (obsolete) to assault, attack.
(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
(obsolete) To assault, attack.
To verbally assault, especially to argue against an opinion, motive, or action; to question the truth or validity of.
1800s=1859 1864 1872 1889,
* 1859 —
*: Let the opinions impugned be the belief in a God and in a future state, or any of the commonly received doctrines of morality.
* 1864 —
*: There have been much impugning of motives and much heated controversy as to the proper means and best mode of advancing the Union cause.
* 1872 —
*: At home, at a period of immense prosperity, with a people contented and naturally loyal, we find to our surprise the most extravagant doctrines professed and the fundamental principles of our most valuable institutions impugned , and that too by persons of some authority.
* 1889 — , ch. xxv
*: It is a hardy question, fair sir and Boss, since it doth go far to impugn the wisdom of even our holy Mother Church herself.
* 1922 — , ch. 21
*: He is not dead. When he revives he will return to his quarters with a fine tale of his bravery and there will be none to impugn his boasts.
* (to question the validity of) call into question, challenge, contest, contradict, deny, disavow, dispute, oppugn, negate
* (to question the validity of) authenticate, endorse, support