What is another word for insensate?

Pronunciation: [ɪnsˈɛnse͡ɪt] (IPA)

Insensate is an adjective that refers to someone or something that lacks sensation. There are several synonyms that can be used to describe this state. Some of these include unfeeling, numb, inert, and deadened. Unfeeling indicates a lack of emotional sensitivity, whereas numb implies a physical or emotional incapacity to feel. Inert describes a state of being without movement or activity, while deadened is characterized by a long-term loss of sensation. Other synonyms for insensate include apathetic, indifferent, and insensitive. These words describe people or things that are indifferent to the feelings or emotions of others. Whether describing a person, object, or situation, these synonyms provide us with a range of options to express the concept of insensate.

Synonyms for Insensate:

What are the hypernyms for Insensate?

A hypernym is a word with a broad meaning that encompasses more specific words called hyponyms.

What are the opposite words for insensate?

Insensate is an adjective that describes a state of numbness or lack of feeling. Antonyms for the word insensate include sensitive, feeling, aware, alert, conscious, awake, and responsive. If someone is sensitive, they are attuned to their emotions and the emotions of others. Feeling suggests an emotional response to a situation or stimuli. Aware indicates a state of being knowledgeable or informed about something. Alert implies being vigilant or watchful. Conscious means being mentally aware and awake suggests full consciousness. Responsive indicates reacting quickly and actively to stimuli. These antonyms offer a range of descriptions that can be used to describe the opposite of insensate.

Usage examples for Insensate

All the vileness he had heard in sixty years, and could recall in half as many seconds, poured from him in a very transport of insensate ribaldry; words that had never left his lips before, crowded to them now; and were still ringing in a swimming head when Robert Carlton woke to the fact that he was once more alone.
E. W. Hornung
The fire seems to have driven him to the wildest pitch of insensate excitement, and Victor begins to wonder what the end will be.
"In the Brooding Wild"
Ridgwell Cullum
A bomb is a harmless thing, so much inert metal and chemicals, until it is touched off; yet it needs only a touch to let loose its insensate, rending force.
"The Hidden Places"
Bertrand W. Sinclair

Famous quotes with Insensate

  • “Evil,” the priest said, after he had settled comfortably into Barrent’s best chair, “is that force within us which inspires men to acts of strength and endurance. The worship of Evil is essentially the worship of oneself, and therefore the only true worship. The self which one worships is the ideal social being; the man content in his niche in society, yet ready to grasp any opportunity for advancement; the man who meets death with dignity, who kills without the demeaning vice of pity. Evil is cruel, since it is a true reflection of the uncaring and insensate universe. Evil is eternal and unchanging, although it comes to us in the many forms of protean life.”
    Robert Sheckley
  • The idea that consciousness is a mystery is a prejudice inherited from monotheism. The early seventeenth-century French philosopher René Descartes believed that animals other than humans are insensate machines. Obviously, this was a restatement in rationalist terms of the Christian belief that only humans have souls. Even if mind and matter were categorically distinct, that would not mean humans alone have minds. It was reported that in order to test his theories, Descartes used to throw animals out of the window and observe their reactions. Looking at behaviour of this kind, one might reasonably conclude that humans are the senseless machines.
    John Gray (philosopher)
  • Abstract reason, formerly the servant of practical human reasons, has everywhere become its master, and denies poetry any excuse for existence. Though philosophers like to define poetry as irrational fancy, for us it is practical, humorous, reasonable way of being ourselves. Of never acquiescing in a fraud; of never accepting the secondary-rate in poetry, painting, music, love, friends. Of safeguarding our poetic institutions against the encroachments of mechanized, insensate, inhumane, abstract rationality.
    Robert Graves
  • When the wind carries a cry which is meaningful to human ears, it is simpler to believe the wind shares with us some part of the emotion of Being than that the mysteries of a hurricane's rising murmur reduce to no more than the random collision of insensate molecules.
    Norman Mailer

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