Implicate vs Insinuate - What's the difference?

implicate | insinuate |


As verbs the difference between implicate and insinuate

is that implicate is to connect or involve in an unfavorable or criminal way with something while insinuate is (rare) to creep, wind, or flow into; to enter gently, slowly, or imperceptibly, as into crevices.

implicate

English

Verb

(implicat)
  • To connect or involve in an unfavorable or criminal way with something.
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  • To imply, to have as a necessary consequence or accompaniment.
  • (archaic) To fold or twist together, intertwine, interlace, entangle, entwine.
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    insinuate

    English

    Verb

  • (rare) To creep, wind, or flow into; to enter gently, slowly, or imperceptibly, as into crevices.
  • * Woodward
  • The water easily insinuates itself into, and placidly distends, the vessels of vegetables.
  • (figurative, by extension) To ingratiate; to obtain access to or introduce something by subtle, cunning or artful means.
  • * 1995 , , p. 242
  • 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.
  • * John Locke
  • 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.
  • * Dryden
  • Horace laughs to shame all follies and insinuates virtue, rather by familiar examples than by the severity of precepts.
  • * Clarendon
  • He insinuated himself into the very good grace of the Duke of Buckingham.
  • To hint; to suggest tacitly while avoiding a direct statement.
  • She insinuated that her friends had betrayed her.

    Synonyms

    * (Make a way for or introduce something by subtle, crafty or artful means. ): imply

    Anagrams

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