Insist In*sist", v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Insisted}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Insisting}.] [F. insister, L. insistere to set foot upon, follow, persist; pref. in- in + sistere to stand, cause to stand. See {Stand}.] [1913 Webster] 1. To stand or rest; to find support; -- with in, on, or upon. [R.] --Ray. [1913 Webster]

2. 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. [1913 Webster]

Insisting on the old prerogative. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

Without further insisting on the different tempers of Juvenal and Horace. --Dryden.

Syn: {Insist}, {Persist}.

Usage: Insist implies some alleged right, as authority or claim. Persist may be from obstinacy alone, and either with or against rights. We insist as against others; we persist in what exclusively relates to ourselves; as, he persisted in that course; he insisted on his friend's adopting it. --C. J. Smith. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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