in·​sis·​tent | \in-ˈsi-stənt \

Definition of insistent 

1 : disposed to insist : persistent

2 : compelling attention the insistent pounding of the waves

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Other Words from insistent

insistently adverb

Examples of insistent in a Sentence

We listened to the insistent crashing of waves on the beach. Margaret Sanger is remembered as an insistent crusader for birth control.

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Despite the passage of time, some exile groups and politicians are growing more insistent that Castro, who retired from the Cuban presidency on April 19, should be held responsible. Mimi Whitefield, miamiherald, "Seven members of Congress say now is the time to indict Raúl Castro," 12 July 2018 Platter's line is thick and insistent but wasted on empty scrawls, unremarkable shapes and puerile phrases. Leah Ollman,, "Marvelous or maddening? In Cameron Platter's show, it depends on which way you face," 4 June 2018 In contrast, the labor that goes into Cardi’s beauty and Cardi’s music is neither glamorous nor effaced nor insistent on its own purity. Constance Grady, Vox, "The charismatic hustle of Cardi B," 6 Apr. 2018 Authorities were further insistent that there were no white supremacists in the neighborhood, running around attacking children. Breanna Edwards, The Root, "Texas Teen’s Story About Being Abducted and Assaulted by White Supremacists Was Not True, Police Say," 5 June 2018 Liverpool fans have hit back at Jurgen Klopp's recent comments on starting goalkeeper Loris Karius, with Reds fans insistent that the German is not good enough to be the club's number one., "'He Is Still Not Good Enough': Liverpool Fans Hit Back at Jurgen Klopp's Comments About Key Player," 5 May 2018 Absent four players who had tears in their anterior cruciate ligaments, Notre Dame remained insistent and aspirational with deft shooting, voracious offensive rebounding and exquisite interior passing. JerÉ Longman, New York Times, "Notre Dame’s Arike Ogunbowale Beats Buzzer — Again — to Give Irish the Title," 1 Apr. 2018 And the fact that Cardi is so insistent on working, working, working is fundamental to her appeal. Constance Grady, Vox, "The charismatic hustle of Cardi B," 6 Apr. 2018 The British band Basement believes in the power of a saturated guitar tone and steady, insistent eighth notes. John Adamian,, "Basement To Play Toad's Place," 12 May 2018

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First Known Use of insistent

1868, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for insistent

Latin insistent-, insistens, present participle of insistere

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English Language Learners Definition of insistent

: demanding that something happen or that someone do something

: happening for a long time and very difficult to ignore


in·​sis·​tent | \in-ˈsi-stənt \

Kids Definition of insistent

: demanding that something happen or that someone act in a certain way He was insistent that I stay overnight.

Other Words from insistent

insistently adverb

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