innuendo, insinuation
n. an indirect (and usually malicious) implication
insinuation, ingratiation
n. the act of gaining acceptance or affection for yourself by persuasive and subtle blandishments; "she refused to use insinuation in order to gain favor"
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tinge, undertone
n. a pale or subdued color
implication, import, significance
n. a meaning that is not expressly stated but can be inferred; "the significance of his remark became clear only later"; "the expectation was spread both by word and by implication"
undercurrent, undertone
n. a subdued emotional quality underlying an utterance; implicit meaning
n. an idea that is implied or suggested
unfavorable judgment, criticism
n. disapproval expressed by pointing out faults or shortcomings; "the senator received severe criticism from his opponent"
n. disgrace or shame; "he brought reproach upon his family"
n. (music) a curved line spanning notes that are to be played legato
n. passing reference or indirect mention
breath, intimation, hint
n. an indirect suggestion; "not a breath of scandal ever touched her"
accusal, accusation
n. a formal charge of wrongdoing brought against a person; the act of imputing blame or guilt
complaint, charge
n. (criminal law) a pleading describing some wrong or offense; "he was arrested on a charge of larceny"
n. (civil law) the first pleading of the plaintiff setting out the facts on which the claim for relief is based
n. a statement attributing something dishonest (especially a criminal offense); "he denied the imputation"
n. an accusation of wrongdoing; "the book is an indictment of modern philosophy"
suggestion, hint, trace
n. a just detectable amount; "he speaks French with a trace of an accent"
soupcon, speck, jot, pinch, mite, tinge, hint, touch
n. a slight but appreciable amount; "this dish could use a touch of garlic"
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