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Webster's Dictionary 1828

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Insist


INSIST', verb intransitive [Latin insisto; in and sisto, to stand.]

1. Literally, to stand or rest on. [Rarely used.]

2. In geometry, an angle is said to insist upon the arc of the circle intercepted between the two lines which contain the angle.

3. To dwell on in discourse; as, to insist on a particular topic.

To insist on, to press or urge for any thing with immovable firmness; to persist in demands; as, to insist on oppressive terms in a treaty; to insist on immediate payment of a debt.