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 fans’ beers hiss and crack, greeting the morning with a too-early insistence, like a rooster with the rising sun. James Lynch, Popular Mechanics, "One Day at Daytona," 22 Mar. 2019 Trump's insistence that someone in the Clinton campaign paid then-FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe's wife $700,000 as a payoff to drop any investigations into them is a jumble of falsehoods. Chris Cillizza, CNN, "Donald Trump said 11 false things in just 5 tweets Sunday morning," 20 May 2018 Mendez sounded skeptical of the federal government’s insistence that state officials had no right to inspect the detention centers. John Myers,, "Federal judge is skeptical of Trump administration arguments against California's 'sanctuary' law," 21 June 2018 One problem is that the liberal humor elite is increasingly shrill in its insistence that jokes be funny, or at least mildly amusing. Scott Ostler,, "Swaggy P goes one joke over the line," 25 June 2018 Hermione's younger self might be the most confusing if only for her insistence on wearing a private school uniform despite attending public school. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "Crazy Secrets We Learned About the "Riverdale" Parents on “The Midnight Club” Episode," 8 Nov. 2018 Meanwhile, Schorer demonstrated Balanchine’s insistence that a tightness be kept in the upper thighs for balance. Lilah Ramzi, Vogue, "At the New York City Ballet’s Annual Luncheon, Canapés Were Served With a Side of Dance History," 8 Feb. 2019 The house took over four years to build, due in part to his insistence that everything be perfectly aligned. Nancy Keates, WSJ, "A Perfectionist Architect’s Experimental Home," 27 Dec. 2018 Sound Oasis Glo2Sleep Therapy Mask Everything about the Glo2Sleep Mask is geriatric, from its blatant disregard for aesthetic value to its radical insistence on comfort, evidenced by the inch-thick foam padding pressing into your face. Brennan Kilbane, GQ, "All the New Tech That’s Upgrading Your Sleep Routine," 30 Mar. 2018

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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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a strong desire or propensity

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