Insight or Incite?

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Insight or Incite?

What is the difference between "insight" and "incite"?
  • "Insight" means "an understanding."
  • "To incite" means "to stimulate action."
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More about "Insight" and "Incite"

The words "insight" and "incite" sound identical (i.e., they are a type of homonym called "homophones"), but their meanings are different.

Insight

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

Examples in Sentences:
  • The film offers a rare insight into the sharks' life cycle.
  • She has a good insight into the company's strategy.

Incite

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

Examples in Sentences:
  • 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.
Interactive Exercise
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