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  • WordNet 3.6
    • n insistence the act of insisting on something "insistence on grammatical correctness is a conservative position"
    • n insistence continual and persistent demands
    • n insistence the state of demanding notice or attention "the insistence of their hunger","the press of business matters"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: When the First Lady, Eleanor Roosevelt, received an alarming number of threatening letters, soon after her husband became President at the height of the Depression, the Secret Service insisted that she carry a pistol in her purse
    • n Insistence The quality of insisting, or being urgent or pressing; the act of dwelling upon as of special importance; persistence; urgency.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The studios wanted Matthew McConaughey, the newest heartthrob in the industry, cast as hero Jack Dawson in the 1997 box office hit Titanic, but director James Cameron insisted on Leonardo DiCaprio.
    • n insistence The act of insisting; urgent or persistent maintenance of an opinion, principle, right, or the like; perseverance in pressing or supporting anything.
    • n insistence Persevering action; demonstrative persistence; pertinacity.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Archduke Karl Ludwig (1833-1896), brother of the Austrian emperor, was a man of such piety that on a trip to the Holy Land, he insisted on drinking from the River Jordan, despite warnings that it would make him fatally ill. He died within a few weeks.
    • n Insistence perseverance in pressing any claim, grievance, &c.: pertinacity
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  • Heywood Broun
    “Nobody talks so constantly about God as those who insist that there is no God.”
  • Ezra Pound
    “Real education must ultimately be limited to men who insist on knowing. The rest is mere sheep-herding.”
  • Fyodor Dostoevsky
    “It is not possible to eat me without insisting that I sing praises of my devourer?”
  • Wayne Dyer
    “Love is the ability and willingness to allow those that you care for to be what they choose for themselves, without any insistence that they satisfy you.”
  • Aldous Huxley
    “People will insist on treating the mons Veneris as though it were Mount Everest. Too silly!”
  • Henri Frederic Amiel
    “The man who insists upon seeing with perfect clearness before he decides, never decides. Accept life, and you must accept regret.”


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L. insistĕre, in, upon, sistĕre, to stand.


In literature:

Being a complete stranger, I should not have insisted.
"The Tyranny of the Dark" by Hamlin Garland
Floyd insists that they shall discuss the first points without him.
"Floyd Grandon's Honor" by Amanda Minnie Douglas
I should then search about for something revolutionary and try to insist on carrying it out.
"Gossamer" by George A. Birmingham
I must insist upon its consideration.
"A Report of the Debates and Proceedings in the Secret Sessions of the Conference Convention" by Lucius Eugene Chittenden
The colonel protested that he would not occupy the best stateroom; but I insisted, and went on giving out the apartments.
"Up the River" by Oliver Optic
He had got a pony carriage for her, which he insisted that she should drive herself.
"An Old Man's Love" by Anthony Trollope
My mother still insisted that I should learn a trade or get steady employment somewhere.
"Twenty Years of Hus'ling" by J. P. Johnston
Probably thinking that I was upset at the thought of my master coming, she did not insist.
"Nobody's Boy" by Hector Malot
From the time she was fifteen years old she had insisted on having her own bed room.
"The Goose Man" by Jacob Wassermann
Casey insisted on accompanying her.
"Desert Conquest" by A. M. Chisholm

In poetry:

What am I to myself
that must be remembered,
insisted upon
so often? Is it
"The Rain" by Robert Creeley
You thought there was zest in a Jewish existence?
You deemd that the star of a Jew could be kind?
The Spring calls and beckons with gracious insistence,--
Jew,--sit down in sackcloth and weep yourself blind!
"Sephirah" by Morris Rosenfeld
ONE comes with foot insistent to my door,
Calling my name;
Nor voice nor footstep have I heard before,
Yet clear the calling sounds and o'er and o'er--
It seems the sunlight burns along the floor
With paler flame!
"The Tyrant" by Isabel Ecclestone Mackay
The voice returns like the insistent out-of-tune
Of a broken violin on an August afternoon:
"I am always sure that you understand
My feelings, always sure that you feel,
Sure that across the gulf you reach your hand.
"Portrait Of A Lady" by T S Eliot
They jumped the question, jumped reply;
And whether to insist, deny,
Reprove, persuade, they jumped in ranks
Or singly, straight the arms to flanks,
And straight the legs, with just a knee
For bending in a mild degree.
"Jump-To-Glory Jane" by George Meredith
Softly the feathery Palm-trees fade in the violet Distance,
Faintly the lingering light touches the edge of the sea,
Sadly the Music of Waves, drifts, faint as an Anthem's insistence,
Heard in the aisles of a dream, over the sandhills, to me.
"Reverie Of Ormuz The Persian" by Laurence Hope

In news:

Four-year-old Domonique Patton was a weekend away from having her leg amputated — the only solution, her surgeon insisted, for bone cancer in someone so young.
Insist thieving sister-in-law repay the money.
But the president insists he'll meet the deadline, Bill Plante reports.
A second round of talks on Cambodia began near here today and ran into trouble as both sides insisted on tough conditions to settle the war that has raged in that country since 1978.
You think they're just being nice, but after even strangers insist, "Your baby should be a model," you start to think that maybe they're right.
In September 2005, then-San Bernardino County Supervisor Bill Postmus returned from a trip to China insistent the county settle a land-rights lawsuit with a Rancho Cucamonga developer that spanned more than three years.
San Diego lawyer Jim McElroy insists he isn't terribly bothered by the scathing insults and threats directed his way.
Those who insist they just aren't "hat people" obviously haven't found the right topper.
Does this mean that you can go to your local dealer and insist that they provide you with any information you request, and they will instantly comply.
If you insist on using stock headphones and demand the satisfaction of a pair that actually work, head on over to the Replacement Program's website to see if you qualify.
Her father and Saudi officials insist she must wear it.
Brian McNamee saved medical waste at wife's insistence .
Bobby Jindal steps back from insistence on selling 3 state prisons.
Bob Stoops insistent he won't bench Landry Jones.
He paid the bill but has retained an attorney to fight it, insisting it must be the result of a malfunctioned water mater.

In science:

Note that we cannot insist the Γ be MLE (maximum likelihood estimation), even when |A| = 2.
Inverting Random Functions III: Discrete MLE Revisited
But there is no need to insist on irreducibility of F (X, Y ); only the condition D(X ) 6= 0 turns out to be important.) Let n be the degree of F (X, Y ) in Y and write F (X, Y ) = Pn i=0 Fi (X )Y i .
A law of large numbers for finite-range dependent random matrices
On the circle the relevant operator is the phase operator W , and one encounters the well-known problems (briefly described in the introduction) if one insists on using the angle as a operator.
Quantum Mechanics and the Generalized Uncertainty Principle
We then insist that the non-zero vectors π(Vi ) are a basis for the tangent bundle of the torus fiber, while the forms live on the base space.
NS-NS fluxes in Hitchin's generalized geometry
Throughout M will denote a surface with constant curvature −1 and we shall insist that M is complete with respect to this metric (although we will only be concerned by what happens inside the Nielsen core of the surface).
Multiplicities of simple closed geodesics and hypersurfaces in Teichm\"uller space