insight and incite - the difference

by Craig Shrives
The Quick Answer
The noun insight means an understanding.
The verb to incite means to stimulate action.

The words insight and incite sound very similar, but their meanings are very different.


The noun insight means an understanding of something. It often carries the connotation of a clear understanding with an insider's perspective.

  • The film offers a useful insight into sharks' behaviour.
  • She has a good insight into the company's strategy.


The verb to incite means to stimulate action, to rouse, or to stir up.

  • A 29-year-old man from Dover was arrested for trying to incite a riot.
  • The event is seeking to incite enthusiasm in young people.
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