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
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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.
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Example sentences
If she insists on your coming in, you should stay only a moment.
And an occasional hostess insists on having the chair of the guest of honor
  held by the butler instead of her own.
It has been approved by a government who insists this is the solution to the
  energy needs of the country.
The industry insists that it is trustworthy and can manage all conceivable
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