- an instance of apprehending the true nature of a thing, especially through intuitive understanding: an insight into 18th-century life.
- penetrating mental vision or discernment; faculty of seeing into inner character or underlying truth.
- an understanding of relationships that sheds light on or helps solve a problem.
- (in psychotherapy) the recognition of sources of emotional difficulty.
- an understanding of the motivational forces behind one's actions, thoughts, or behavior; self-knowledge.
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Examples from the Web for insight
He then provides some insight into his psyche - complete with Animal House reference.Huckabee 2016: Bend Over and Take It Like a Prisoner!
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Their intentions may be good, but their execution and insight are lousy.Grief: The Real Monster in The Babadook
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But fun and insight are not always mutually exclusive, certainly not here.The Best Nonfiction Books of 2014
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He said Jacobovici and Wilson were simply the latest in a long line of people hoping to find further Biblical insight.Is ‘The Lost Gospel’ Book a Fraud?
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This is absurd, and an insight to how the GOP is likely to win big on Tuesday.Why You Can’t Tell the Truth About Race
November 3, 2014
With the insight of a kindred temperament he pronounced his verdict.The Secret Agent
He is remarkable for insight to the character of all with whom he has to do.Cleveland Past and Present
But which was by nature and in fact the superior, no one with the least insight could have doubted.Heather and Snow
We forgive his insight, because there is nothing in it Pharisaical.A Writer's Recollections (In Two Volumes), Volume II
Mrs. Humphry Ward
There is a directness of aim in virtue which gives an insight into vice.The Republic
- the ability to perceive clearly or deeply; penetration
- a penetrating and often sudden understanding, as of a complex situation or problem
- the capacity for understanding one's own or another's mental processes
- the immediate understanding of the significance of an event or action
- psychiatry the ability to understand one's own problems, sometimes used to distinguish between psychotic and neurotic disorders
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Word Origin and History for insight
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- Understanding, especially an understanding of the motives and reasons behind one's actions.
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