Insight or Incite?

by Craig Shrives

The Difference between "Insight" and "Incite"

"Insight" and "incite" are easy to confuse because they sound identical (i.e., they are perfect homonyms). However, their meanings are very different.
  • "Insight" means "an understanding (due to insider knowledge or analysis)." For example:
    • Your work provided a useful insight into how our competitors think.
  • "Incite" means "to stimulate action." For example:
    • I am not trying to incite an argument.
insight or incite?

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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"). They are both common words.


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

Example sentences with "insight":
  • The film offers a rare insight into the sharks' life cycle.
  • She has a good insight into the company's strategy.


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

Example sentences with "incite":
  • 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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