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Being careful about what you say - thesaurus

Synonyms

imply

verb

to suggest that you think something without saying it directly

get at

to try to suggest something without saying it directly

convey

verb

to communicate ideas or feelings indirectly

hedge

verb

to avoid answering a question or making a decision in a definite or direct way

fudge

verb

to avoid giving a clear decision or answer

evade

verb

to avoid talking about something or answering a question

skirt

verb

to avoid talking about something unpleasant

parry

verb

to avoid answering a question by asking a different question or by saying something clever

intimate

verb

formal to tell people something in an indirect way

mince (your) words

to be careful about what you say in order to be polite or not offend someone

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broad

adjective

a broad hint is an instance in which you let someone know something in an obvious way without telling them directly

circumlocution

noun

formal the use of too many words to say something, especially in order to avoid saying something clearly

en passant

adverb

formal if you say something en passant, you mention it while you are talking about something else

evasion

noun

something that you say in order to avoid telling the truth about something

give someone a hint

to give someone a small piece of information that helps them to guess something

guarded

adjective

not giving much information because you do not want someone to know everything about something

hint

noun

something that you say to show what you are thinking or feeling, without saying it directly

hint

verb

to say what you are thinking or feeling in an indirect way

hum and haw

to delay or avoid talking about something

implication

noun

something that you suggest is true, although you do not say it directly

implicature

noun

formal the act of suggesting that something is true, although you do not say it directly

implicature

noun

formal something that you suggest is true, although you do not say it directly

implicit

adjective

not stated directly, but expressed in the way that someone behaves, or understood from what they are saying

in passing

if you say something in passing, you mention it while you are talking about something else

insinuate

verb

to say something unpleasant in an indirect way

keep a guard on your tongue/temper

to be careful about how you speak or behave

mealy-mouthed

adjective

not willing to express yourself in a simple and direct way, usually in order to hide the truth

mind/watch your language

to make sure that you use words that will not offend people

oblique

adjective

not expressing something directly

periphrasis

noun

the practice of expressing something in a more complicated indirect way than is necessary, or something that is expressed in this way

reticent

adjective

not willing to provide information about something, especially about yourself or your feelings

telegraph

verb

to make your thoughts or intentions obvious to other people, without saying anything directly

uncommunicative

adjective

not willing to talk or to give information

unstated

adjective

not talked about directly, but usually known about or understood

veiled

adjective

a veiled threat, attack, or warning is not direct but is easily understood

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