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insensate Line breaks: in|sens|ate
Pronunciation: /ɪnˈsɛnseɪt/

Definition of insensate in English:


1Lacking physical sensation: a patient who was permanently unconscious and insensate
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  • It's tricky to separate the emotional memory of watching a movie (and I saw this one slightly drunk, at 11 pm at night, surrounded by a huge number of similarly insensate people) from the emotion evoked by the music itself.
  • I know it's just what it is; I know the plane isn't going to crash, but nothing else wants to make me put back a gallon of vodka and sprawl back in the seat with my mouth open, insensate as the lucky luggage in the hold below.
  • Ingesting drugs - unless they render you completely insensate, which isn't a bad thing - serves only to accentuate personality qualities you already possess.
1.1Lacking sympathy or compassion; unfeeling: a positively insensate hatred
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  • Rather, they were driven chiefly by an insensate hatred of America and all things American.
  • His money and position have rendered him insensate, an exemplar of a culture which has become itself insensate, which refuses to learn from history.
  • Arguing that idealism, like the belief in heaven, makes us impractical, insensate, and out of touch with this world, Levis fuses tropes of religion with tropes of riding horseback.
2Completely lacking sense or reason: insensate jabbering
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  • Since the sexual revolution of the sixties, in fact, insensate jealousy of the kind that leads to death in Vilnius hotel rooms has become not morbid or pathological, but perfectly normal, at least in the statistical sense.
  • The insensate desire for speed is what blinds us to the carnage cars cause.
  • It was not simply to vindicate him in his insensate battle with the BBC.


Pronunciation: /ɪnˈsɛnseɪtli/
Example sentences
  • Which songs will you hear insensately on the radio or groove to until your back gets sore at the club?
  • But unlike an object insensately obeying physical laws, I have been altered by it.
  • They also have a tendency to become rather insensately hostile to anyone who questions their belief system in any way.


Late 15th century: from ecclesiastical Latin insensatus, from in- 'not' + sensatus 'having senses' (see sensate).

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