Insinuate vs Sinuate - What's the difference?

insinuate | sinuate |


As verbs the difference between insinuate and sinuate

is that insinuate is (rare) to creep, wind, or flow into; to enter gently, slowly, or imperceptibly, as into crevices while sinuate is to advance in wavy or curvy manner, to bend, to curve, to wind in and out.

As an adjective sinuate is

sinuous.

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

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    sinuate

    English

    Verb

    (en-verb)
  • To advance in wavy or curvy manner, to bend, to curve, to wind in and out
  • A road that sinuates through the valley.

    Adjective

    (en adjective)
  • sinuous
  • Having wavy indentation on its border or edge.
  • (mycology, of gills) Roughly the same height for most of its length, becoming much shallower and then curving back towards the stem before reaching the attachment point.
  • In this group of mushrooms, the attachment of the gills to the stipe is sinuate .

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