insensible

EnglishEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Old French insensible, from Late Latin insensibilis

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): /ɪnˈsɛn.sɪ.bl̩/
  • Hyphenation: in‧sen‧si‧ble

AdjectiveEdit

insensible (comparative more insensible, superlative most insensible)

  1. Unable to be perceived by the senses.
    • (Can we date this quote by Sir Thomas Browne and provide title, author's full name, and other details?)
      Two small and almost insensible pricks were found upon Cleopatra's arm.
    • (Can we date this quote by Dryden and provide title, author's full name, and other details?)
      They fall away, / And languish with insensible decay.
  2. Incapable or deprived of physical sensation.
    • 1905, Baroness Emmuska Orczy, chapter 1, in The Fate of the Artemis[1]:
      “[…] Captain Markam had been found lying half-insensible, gagged and bound, on the floor of the sitting-room, his hands and feet tightly pinioned, and a woollen comforter wound closely round his mouth and neck ; whilst Mrs. Markham's jewel-case, containing valuable jewellery and the secret plans of Port Arthur, had disappeared. […]”
  3. Unable to be understood; unintelligible.
  4. Not sensible or reasonable; meaningless.
    • (Can we date this quote by Sir M. Hale and provide title, author's full name, and other details?)
      If it make the indictment be insensible or uncertain, it shall be quashed.
  5. Incapable of mental feeling; indifferent.
    • (Can we date this quote by Dryden and provide title, author's full name, and other details?)
      Lost in their loves, insensible of shame.
    • (Can we date this quote by Sir H. Wotton and provide title, author's full name, and other details?)
      Accept an obligation without being a slave to the giver, or insensible to his kindness.
    • 1813, Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice, Modern Library Edition (1995), page 138
      In spite of her deep-rooted dislike, she could not be insensible to the compliment of such a man's affection...
  6. Incapable of emotional feeling; callous; apathetic.

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FrenchEdit

AdjectiveEdit

insensible (plural insensibles)

  1. insensible
  2. impervious

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SpanishEdit

AdjectiveEdit

insensible (plural insensibles)

  1. insensible, insensitive, cold, tactless

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