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  • WordNet 3.6
    • v insist assert to be true "The letter asserts a free society"
    • v insist beg persistently and urgently "I importune you to help them"
    • v insist be emphatic or resolute and refuse to budge "I must insist!"
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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
    • Insist To stand or rest; to find support; -- with in on, or upon.
    • Insist To take a stand and refuse to give way; to hold to something firmly or determinedly; to be persistent, urgent, or pressing; to persist in demanding; -- followed by on upon, or that; as, he insisted on these conditions; he insisted on going at once; he insists that he must have money. "Insisting on the old prerogative.""Without further insisting on the different tempers of Juvenal and Horace."
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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.
    • insist To stand or rest; find support: with on or upon.
    • insist To rest, dwell, or dilate earnestly or repeatedly; urge: with on or upon: as, I must insist upon your coming.
    • insist To assert or argue emphatically; express a desire or a belief with urgency or persistence.
    • insist To be urgent in action; proceed persistently; persevere.
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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.
    • v.i Insist in-sist′ to dwell on emphatically in discourse: to persist in pressing:
    • v.i Insist in-sist′ (Milt.) to persevere
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  • Heywood Broun
    “Nobody talks so constantly about God as those who insist that there is no God.”
  • Patrick Buchanan
    Patrick Buchanan
    “Parents have a right to insist that godless evolution not be taught to their children.”
  • Ezra Pound
    “Real education must ultimately be limited to men who insist on knowing. The rest is mere sheep-herding.”
  • 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.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. insister, L. insistere, to set foot upon, follow, persist; pref. in-, in + sistere, to stand, cause to stand. See Stand
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L. insistĕre, in, upon, sistĕre, to stand.


In literature:

She brought new rules of life into their everyday existence, and, what is more, she insisted on being obeyed.
"Girls of the Forest" by L. T. Meade
Why, if Mr. Gaviller knew in advance, he'd probably insist on sending a regular expedition.
"The Woman from Outside" by Hulbert Footner
When you are in the midst of a novel, I shall insist on a three-handed game of bridge.
"Eve to the Rescue" by Ethel Hueston
Can't you remember how you insisted on putting her at the Newby brook?
"Prescott of Saskatchewan" by Harold Bindloss
I insist on your going.
"The Creators" by May Sinclair
It seemed as though the preacher would never leave off insisting on the same things over and over again.
"A Coin of Edward VII" by Fergus Hume
The local manager, however, insisted upon a great display of fancy printing.
"Charles Frohman: Manager and Man" by Isaac Frederick Marcosson and Daniel Frohman
Until I have proved myself to be either a liar or a thief, I insist upon being treated with respect.
"Elizabeth Hobart at Exeter Hall" by Jean K. Baird
But the Williamsburg paper has insisted on this war since last March.
"A Virginia Scout" by Hugh Pendexter
The Commons remonstrated, and insisted that Buckingham should be dismissed from the king's service.
"Charles I" by Jacob Abbott

In poetry:

Set by some mordant of fancy,
And, spite of the wear and tear
Of time or distance or trouble,
Insists on its right to be there.
"An Ember Picture" by James Russell Lowell
He then insists, with malice fell,
That Christ shou'd sentence me to hell,
To suffer, for my vices past,
Such pains, as shall for ever last.
"The Unhappy State Of The Ungodly, After Death" by Rees Prichard
You could like to listen.
Not that, my sister, if I may insist.
Away! the curtain rustles--he is come.
Beware of staying--I'll be on the watch.
"Nathan The Wise - Act III" by Gotthold Ephraim Lessing
Loud on my roof the regiments of rain
March with their old insistence, and I hear
Troop after troop, column and troop again,
Sweep by before Dawn's shining hosts appear.
"Rain On The Roof" by Charles Hanson Towne
Light love in a mist, by the midsummer moon misguided,
Scarce seen in the twilight garden if gloom insist,
Seems vainly to seek for a star whose gleam has derided
Light love in a mist.
"Love In A Mist" by Algernon Charles Swinburne
Ye heralds of freedom, ye noble and brave,
Who dare to insist on the rights of the slave,
Go onward, go onward, your cause is of God,
And he will soon sever the oppressor's strong rod.
"Ye Heralds Of Freedom" by Anonymous Americas

In news:

Persistent image of ' hellhole Haiti' an outdated myth, UN peacekeepers insist.
Royal jaw-buster Adam Hock turned down a no-jail plea in a Manhattan courtroom yesterday — insisting he'll go to trial to prove he was the victim of "international bar brawlers" in his flashy.
Buster Posey insisted all along - even after San Francisco lost the first two at home - that his team was far from done, no matter how long the odds.
The incumbents insist that the district needs that money, including $10 million needed to double the capacity of the plant.
Iona Spangenberg insists she's just unluckily skinny.
HRT insists Pedro de la Rosa is the only driver confirmed for the 2013 season, denying reports that Ma Qing Hua has already signed to race with the team next year.
Jose Reyes has a hyperactive thyroid, even if he insisted otherwise on Tuesday, the Daily News has learned.
He's talking about reincarnation and about what he would do if his wife, named Anna, were to die and return as a bird insisting it was his deceased beloved.
UF players insist tepid offensive play has not divided the team.
The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation official, who insisted on anonymity because of the sensitivity of the matter, said Tuesday that the debt is straining its ability to import gasoline.
That's what officials at Live Oak High School in Morgan Hill, Calif, insist they were doing last year on Cinco de Mayo.
When the Cavaliers opened training camp, star point guard Kryrie Irving insisted he wasn't worried about being injury prone.
It looks first like a rare species of oratorio, then insists on behaving like an opera.
Aside from not getting a lot of sleep, Utah coach Kyle Whittingham insists he isn't feeling any pressure over his team's disappointing 1-3 start.
They have always insisted that they had nothing to do with a robbery that occurred near the small town of Forest, Miss.

In science:

He insisted on the restriction of the application of quantum theory to our knowledge of a system, rather than to the system itself.
Quantum theory and the role of mind in nature
Moreover we do not insist that all hyperedges have the same number number of vertices.
Structure of large random hypergraphs
Actually such prescription would be definitely ruled out if we insisted in using a current mass for the light quarks.
Infrared behavior of the running coupling constant and bound states in QCD
We see that if we insist on using perturbation theory to compute the subsequent evolution.
Modeling gravitational radiation from coalescing binary black holes
One option is to refuse this composition altogether because we would insist on the types of the branches in a choice to be the same.
Typed Generic Traversal With Term Rewriting Strategies