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I have a practice test for the 2016 AFOQT exam. One section is "Word Knowledge" wherein you're given a word in all caps, then you select the word with the most similar meaning from 4 choices.

I purchased a practice guide where one of the practice questions is as follows:

INSINUATE
A. infiltrate
B. introduce
C. proclaim
D. abbreviate

I didn't see a good answer, but I put "C". Their answer key has the answer as "A".

There is no published Erratum, so I want to make sure that defensiveness of my answer is not clouding my judgement.

The definition I have for "insinuate" is:

: to say (something, especially something bad or insulting) in an indirect way

The definition I have for "infiltrate" is:

: to cause (someone) to secretly enter or join a group, organization, etc.

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    Insinuate has two meanings. Not all dictionaries list both. – Mick Nov 5 '16 at 19:30
  • @Mick Thanks. Yes I finally saw that other definition when editing the question, but figured I would go ahead and leave the question as it may help some future reader. – Hack-R Nov 5 '16 at 19:37
  • Of those 4, 'infiltrate' is the only one with the connotation of indirect or secretive, which is also part of 'insinuate'. – Mitch Nov 5 '16 at 20:25
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Yes. Oxford Dictionaries lists the second meaning as:

Manoeuvre oneself into (a favourable position) by subtle manipulation. ‘he insinuated himself into the king's confidence’

It also lists "infiltrate" as a synonym.

  • Thank you. I will mark this as the answer when enough time has gone by. – Hack-R Nov 5 '16 at 19:35

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