verb (used without object)
to be emphatic, firm, or resolute on some matter of desire, demand, intention, etc.: He insists on checking every shipment.
to lay emphasis in assertion: to insist on the justice of a claim.
to dwell with earnestness or emphasis (usually followed by on or upon ): to insist on a point in a discussion.
verb (used with object)
to assert or maintain firmly: He insists that he saw the ghosts.
to demand or persist in demanding: I insist that you see this thing through.

1580–90; < Latin insistere to stand still on, persist in, equivalent to in- in-2 + sistere to stand, make stand, reduplicated derivative from base of stāre to stand

insister, noun
insistingly, adverb
overinsist, verb (used without object)
reinsist, verb (used without object)
superinsist, verb (used without object)

5. urge, require. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
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insist (ɪnˈsɪst)
1.  to make a determined demand (for): he insisted that his rights be respected; he insisted on his rights
2.  to express a convinced belief (in) or assertion (of): he insisted that she was mad; he insisted on her madness
[C16: from Latin insistere to stand upon, urge, from in-² + sistere to stand]

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Word Origin & History

1586, from L. insistere "persist, dwell upon, stand upon," from in- "upon" + sistere "take a stand" (see assist). Insistence is attested from 1436.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Example sentences
Or maybe you're not, and it would be deeply selfish for your boyfriend to
  insist on maintaining his epidermal integrity.
But those of us who insist on playing with our toys in the academic sandbox
  need to be radicals.
It is interesting to note that many pro-nuclear lobbyists insist on the
  inoffensive nature of radioactivity.
It turns out that sloths as actors are a bit difficult to work with in that
  they insist on napping every twenty minutes or so.
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