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 (ĭn-sĕn′sāt′, -sĭt)
a. Lacking sensation or awareness; inanimate.
b. Unconscious.
2. Lacking sensibility; unfeeling: "a predatory, insensate society in which innocence and decency can prove fatal" (Peter S. Prescott).
a. Lacking sense or the power to reason.
b. Foolish; witless.

[Latin īnsēnsātus : in-, not; see in-1 + sēnsus, understanding, reason; see sense.]

in·sen′sate′ly adv.
in·sen′sate′ness n.


(ɪnˈsɛnseɪt; -sɪt)
1. lacking sensation or consciousness
2. insensitive; unfeeling
3. foolish; senseless
inˈsensately adv
inˈsensateness n


(ɪnˈsɛn seɪt, -sɪt)

1. not endowed with sensation; inanimate.
2. without feeling or sensitivity; cold; cruel.
3. without sense, understanding, or judgment; foolish.
[1510–20; < Late Latin insēnsātus irrational]
in•sen′sate•ly, adv.
in•sen′sate•ness, n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.insensate - devoid of feeling and consciousness and animation; "insentient (or insensate) stone"
2.insensate - without compunction or human feeling; "in cold blood"; "cold-blooded killing"; "insensate destruction"
inhumane - lacking and reflecting lack of pity or compassion; "humans are innately inhumane; this explains much of the misery and suffering in the world"; "biological weapons are considered too inhumane to be used"


1. Completely lacking sensation or consciousness:
2. Lacking passion and emotion:
3. Displaying a complete lack of forethought and good sense:


[ɪnˈsenseɪt] ADJ
1. (= lacking sensation) → insensato
2. (= pointless) [violence, aggression] → absurdo


adj (liter)
matter, stoneleblos, tot
(fig: = unfeeling) → gefühllos; she flew into an insensate furyein unmäßiger Zorn bemächtigte sich ihrer (liter)
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The act released his physical energies without unfettering his will; his mind was still spellbound, but his powerful body and agile limbs, endowed with a blind, insensate life of their own, resisted stoutly and well.
The stick with which the deed had been done, although it was of some rare and very tough and heavy wood, had broken in the middle under the stress of this insensate cruelty; and one splintered half had rolled in the neighbouring gutter--the other, without doubt, had been carried away by the murderer.
The discredited rulers of the world can oppose no reasonable ideal to the insensate Napoleonic ideal of glory and grandeur.
and do you think I could stop to consider the feelings of an insensate brute like that, when my own nerves were racked and torn to pieces by his confounded blunders?'
Your lighter boxes of family papers went up-stairs into a Barmecide room, that always had a great dining-table in it and never had a dinner, and where, even in the year one thousand seven hundred and eighty, the first letters written to you by your old love, or by your little children, were but newly released from the horror of being ogled through the windows, by the heads exposed on Temple Bar with an insensate brutality and ferocity worthy of Abyssinia or Ashantee.
Seen nearer, the Thing was incredibly strange, for it was no mere insensate machine driving on its way.
And thrust aside Jerry was, by a rough and naked foot, as harsh and unfeeling in its impact as an inanimate breaking sea on a beach-jut of insensate rock.
Let me entreat you to throw off its humiliating bonds and to cease to order your affairs by that insensate monitor of brass and steel."
When Jurgis had made himself familiar with the Socialist literature, as he would very quickly, he would get glimpses of the Beef Trust from all sorts of aspects, and he would find it everywhere the same; it was the incarnation of blind and insensate Greed.
O, with what freshness, what solemnity and beauty, is each new day born; as if to say to insensate man, "Behold!
"The executioner of Lille, the executioner of Lille!" cried Milady, a prey to insensate terror, and clinging with her hands to the wall to avoid falling.
You are the step-daughter of a ruined and insensate man who is smitten with love for this devil of a Blanche.