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Sunday, July 20, 2008

Definitions for insensate

  1. Lacking sensation or awareness; inanimate.
  2. Lacking human feeling or sensitivity; brutal; cruel.
  3. Lacking sense; stupid; foolish.

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Citations for insensate
The religion of primeval humans, he suggested, held that souls inhabited not only human beings but also animals, trees, plants--even rocks, rivers, and other natural features we regard as insensate. Bill Strubbe, The World & I
The cutting room is a cruel place, where writing that may have cost blood to commit to paper is kneaded and pummelled like so much insensate clay. Jasper Rees, Independent
Origin of insensate
1510-1520
Insensate comes from Late Latin insensatus, from in-, "not" + sensatus, "gifted with sense, intelligent," from Latin sensus, "sense."