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  • n. the state of being insistent
  • n. an urgent demand
  • n. The forcing of an attack through the parry, using strength

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The quality of insisting, or being urgent or pressing; the act of dwelling upon as of special importance; persistence; urgency.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The act of insisting; urgent or persistent maintenance of an opinion, principle, right, or the like; perseverance in pressing or supporting anything.
  • n. Persevering action; demonstrative persistence; pertinacity.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the state of demanding notice or attention
  • n. continual and persistent demands
  • n. the act of insisting on something


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  • This insistence is the more striking because a number of critics — most passionately and recently Harold Bloom — have associated Shakespeare with the rejected Falstaff, and Hal with the narcissistic young Earl of Southampton, whom Shakespeare may have courted in the first part of his love-sonnet sequence.

    Shakespeare in Love, or in Context

  • To this end, Israel's challenge and insistence is a deliberate attempt to change the law.

    Noura Erakat: Collective Punishment or Not, Gaza Blockade Illegal

  • They told him, with a certain insistence, that was half appeal for belief, half challenge for contradiction, how much they were going to enjoy their idleness.

    Too Much Gold

  • "She does not wish to speak with you, and your insistence is insult."

    Chapter 40

  • But the administration's "ideological insistence" is one that Thiessen's former boss presumably shared, since the Bush administration prosecuted hundreds of terrorism-related cases in civilian court, with an 88 percent conviction rate according to NYU's Center for Law and Security.

    Thiessen's misleading attack on due process

  • Because A: Obama despite the media's insistence is NOT God, and B?

    Palin: Don't trust media reports about book

  • There are probably contingency plans for war with Canada, even war with aliens from anothere galaxy, but I bet the idea that we may actually have to leave Iraq at Iraqi insistence is viewed as too unpatriotic to even consider.

    No Means No « Blog

  • His insistence is that voters focus on the top of the ticket (McCain).

    Desperately Seeking Sarah

  • At the same time, this quality of aesthetic insistence is contrary to the nature of an aesthetic judgment which presents itself as something singular and instantaneous.

    Introduction: 'The Power is There': Romanticism as Aesthetic Insistence

  • Silent Urns, Ferris arrives at some crucial formulations which complicate the de Manian reading and demonstrate that insistence is the perhaps the best way to characterize the relationship between Kant and

    Introduction: 'The Power is There': Romanticism as Aesthetic Insistence


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