- not endowed with sensation; inanimate: insensate stone.
- without human feeling or sensitivity; cold; cruel; brutal.
- without sense, understanding, or judgment; foolish.
Origin of insensate
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Examples from the Web for insensate
He was “overwhelmed by the feeling” that “the Suffolk expanses” had “shrunk once and for all to a single, blind, insensate spot.”Walking In The Footsteps Of W.G. Sebald, Hiker, Novelist, Strange Genius
June 5, 2014
It was insensate folly on his part, ridiculous from any point of view.The Black Bag
Louis Joseph Vance
More than once he had hoped the insensate fury of the blizzard might abate.
It was hardly more now, as the Lady plodded on, than an insensate log.
Regret at their insensate rage is sure to succeed all such outbreaks.Historical Tales, Vol. 6 (of 15)
Then an insensate wish to stab him to the heart made her turn her head and look at him.Beyond
- lacking sensation or consciousness
- insensitive; unfeeling
- foolish; senseless
Word Origin and History for insensate
1510s, from Late Latin insensatus "irrational, foolish," from Latin in- "not" (see in- (1)) + sensatus "gifted with sense" (see sensate). Insensate means "not capable of feeling sensation," often "inanimate;" insensible means "lacking the power to feel with the senses," hence, often, "unconscious;" insensitive means "having little or no reaction to what is perceived by one's senses," often "tactless."