in·​sis·​tence | \ in-ˈsi-stən(t)s How to pronounce insistence (audio) \

Definition of insistence

1 : the act or an instance of insisting
2 : the quality or state of being insistent : urgency

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Examples of insistence in a Sentence

He spoke with great insistence of the need for reform. the insistence of the crashing waves

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The only thing which might scupper this move is Inter's insistence that Icardi will never play for Juventus., "Mauro Icardi: The Contenders to Sign Him & Where He Might End Up," 21 Aug. 2019 If anything, the Democrats’ (extremely in-character) insistence on painting this as a National Security Issue downplays the political salience of pointing out that electoral chaos simply serves partisan Republican ends. Alex Pareene, The New Republic, "The Simple, Odious Reason Mitch McConnell Opposes Election Integrity," 31 July 2019 And this insistence by activists (and, unfortunately, members of Congress) on using Nazi analogies bleeds into our discourse in another, more subtle way, as ICE agents themselves are now likened to war criminals. Jonathan Deluty, National Review, "Don’t Compare the Situation on the Border to the Holocaust," 16 July 2019 Its gloomy insistence on the spiritual meaninglessness likely to befall late capitalist societies, in which atheist consumers have nothing serious to live for, rules out such breezy optimism. Stephen Holmes, The New York Review of Books, "The Identity Illusion," 17 Jan. 2019 One thing that outsiders always find surprising about the Kurdish resistance movement is our insistence that women and men are equal in all things, including war. Azad Cudi, Harper's magazine, "Long Shot," 10 Jan. 2019 The Raiders dealt with two during training camp — his feet and Brown’s insistence on a certain helmet. Jerry Mcdonald, The Mercury News, "Raiders’ Antonio Brown follows the money and crisis is averted — until the next one," 20 Aug. 2019 Having become increasingly eccentric and antisocial, picking needless battles with her neighbor Audrey (Kristen Wiig), Bernadette begins to break out of her shell while planning a family trip to Antarctica at Bee’s insistence. Mark Olsen,, "Architecture in ‘Where’d You Go, Bernadette’ adds to Cate Blanchett’s portrayal of complex character," 19 Aug. 2019 Rio Ferdinand – At Ferguson’s insistence, United paid a British record £30m fee to land Ferdinand in the summer of 2002, a deal which proved to be worth every penny., "Sir Alex Ferguson: The Manchester United Legend's All-Time Best XI," 16 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of insistence

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of insistence

: the act of demanding something or saying something in a way that does not allow disagreement
: the quality or state of being insistent


in·​sis·​tence | \ in-ˈsi-stəns How to pronounce insistence (audio) \

Kids Definition of insistence

: the quality or state of being demanding about something … his insistence on perfection had lost him many a well-paid commission.— Linda Sue Park, A Single Shard

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