Synonyms: Hint, allusion, intimation, insinuation.
Suggestion, Hint. A hint is the briefest or most indirect mode of calling one's attention to a subject. A suggestion is a putting of something before the mind for consideration, an indirect or guarded mode of presenting argument or advice. A hint is usually something slight or covert, and may by merely negative in its character. A suggestion is ordinarily intended to furnish us with some practical assistance or direction. "He gave me a hint of my danger, and added some suggestions as to the means of avoiding it." "Willing to wound, and yet afraid to strike, Just hint a fault, and hesitate dislike." (Pope) "Arthur, whom they say is killed to-night On your suggestion." (Shak)
Origin: F. Suggestion, L. Suggestio.
(01 Mar 1998)
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