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We questioned her repeatedly and she remained insistent that she knew nothing of the event.
  persistent or continuing or firm — especially in maintaining a view or demanding something
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insistence insistent insistently insistency
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  • We questioned her repeatedly and she remained insistent that she knew nothing of the event.
  • Every day, I hear the bluejay’s insistent cry.
  • She continued with polite but insistent questions.
  • My hunger was insistent.

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  • [...insistent tugging brings Tony to the realization of the danger.]
    Arthur Laurents and Stephen Sondheim  --  Westside Story
  • White Fang growled and growled with insistent warning.
    Jack London  --  White Fang
  • On BIFF’S last insistence, WILLY is about to sit.
    Arthur Miller  --  Death of a Salesman
  • But there were new threads now, tugging and insistent, which tied her just as firmly to the Tucks.
    Natalie Babbitt  --  Tuck Everlasting
  • They were shocked motionless; the knock was repeated insistently, and in the sudden realization that the door was not locked Rosemary...
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  Tender is the Night
  • ...the others were being so insistent, and he was curious to learn what they would say when they caught sight of him. If they were shocked then it would no longer be Gregor’s responsibility and he could rest.
    Franz Kafka  --  Metamorphosis

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  • FIERS. [... in an insistent tone] You’ve put on the wrong trousers again. What am I to do with you?
    Anton Chekhov  --  The Cherry Orchard
  • At the insistence of friends...
    Dalton Trumbo  --  Johnny Got His Gun
  • "Keep your money," he said, "Manuel has to go home."

    "No, no, I want to buy him a drink," Mr. Sanchez said sincerely, as only someone who’d been drinking can.

    "No, he is going home with his wife," Rico said, mildly insistent. ... He strained a smile of apology at Mom, who touched her hair like it was a mess. Then Dad slapped his hand hard on the counter, startling them both, and shouted, "If I want a beer, I can have a beer!"
    Victor Martinez  --  Parrot in the Oven
  • And another voice, more insistent, more powerful.
    Sabaa Tahir  --  An Ember in the Ashes
  • — She says it quietly but with insistence.
    Lauren Oliver  --  Before I Fall
  • Was her insistence that "WICKED is good" finally a thing of the past?
    James Dashner  --  The Death Cure
  • Maybe that’s why I was so insistent on buying it after being stripped of my livelihood.
    Gillian Flynn  --  Gone Girl
  • Though my maids were insistent that I stay, I left, taking the long way, down a back stairwell on the other end of the hall.
    Kiera Cass  --  The Elite
  • Remembering Marcia’s insistent advice, Sophia took a deep breath and gave herself the once-over in the mirror.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Longest Ride
  • I wanted to get you more time, but Father is quite insistent.
    Kiera Cass  --  The One
  • "No, tell me," he said insistently.
    John Green  --  An Abundance of Katherines
  • Liz had scheduled a bunch of gigs for us around Thanksgiving—and we had some serious practicing to do before then, given that I hadn’t picked up a guitar in months—but, at Mike’s insistence, we were seeing to business first.
    Gayle Forman  --  Where She Went
  • I’m defensive; he’s insistent.
    Rick Yancey  --  The 5th Wave
  • After dinner, her parents wanted to watch a movie, and they did so, Basic Instinct, at her father’s insistence.
    Dave Eggers  --  The Circle
  • The knock came again, more insistent this time.
    Ransom Riggs  --  Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children
  • The memorable thing about him was how insistent he was that he’d been wrongly convicted.
    Bryan Stevenson  --  Just Mercy
  • His insistent finger on the doorbell brought the doctor to the front door.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Choice
  • And all over the village is the bracing air of insistence, this lifting breeze of accomplishment, and whether the people are happy or not in their lives, they have learned to keep steadily moving, moving all the time.
    Chang-rae Lee  --  A Gesture Life
  • While we used to love rushing around the house and estate at Lalla’s insistence to catch the dog Chindit, who had run off with her false breast, my father would retire to a book or his office acutely embarrassed.
    Michael Ondaatje  --  Running in the Family
  • I heard the laughter, felt a hand in my hair, another mouth on mine, insistent, invasive, and then— "Will ."
    Jojo Moyes  --  Me Before You
  • I couldn’t understand her words, but her tone was insistent and stubborn, with just enough anger to outweigh her own terror.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Trials of Apollo
  • The horn still sounded from across the water, insistently repeating its urgent message.
    Trenton Lee Stewart  --  The Mysterious Benedict Society
  • I should show Stargirl and the world that I wasn’t like the rest of them, that I appreciated her, that I celebrated her and her insistence on being herself.
    Jerry Spinelli  --  Stargirl
  • The number words pounded insistently against Meg’s brain.
    Madeleine L’Engle  --  A Wrinkle in Time
  • Dell Duke was insistent: "You have to go.
    Holly Goldberg Sloan  --  Counting by 7s
  • He was giddy and insistent.
    Scott Pratt  --  An Innocent Client
  • All along she had thought of it, but now she grew more insistent.
    Anne Tayler  --  A Spool of Blue Thread
  • So when Molly left the building that day through what she hadn’t even realized was a theft-detection gate, a loud, insistent beeping brought the head librarian, Susan LeBlanc, swooping over like a homing pigeon.
    Christina Baker Kline  --  Orphan Train
  • One building in particular appears smoothed and worn by the insistence of fingers: the building he’s in.
    Anthony Doerr  --  All the Light We Cannot See
  • And in that moment it’s like I can hear the low growl of the ocean, can hear its distant, insistent murmur, can imagine its weight closing around my mother, water as heavy as stone.
    Lauren Oliver  --  Delirium
  • Now I think my parents realize that they’ve parented themselves into a corner with their insistence that Asher and I make our own choices growing up and that we stand behind them and live with the consequences.
    Katja Millay  --  The Sea of Tranquility
  • She had come to the island at the insistence of Mr. Bennington.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Water is Wide
  • How grateful I was now for Father’s insistence that his children speak German and English almost as soon as Dutch.
    Corrie Ten Boom  --  The Hiding Place
  • A cluster of birds flew up from the nearby trees, hitting the sky at the same moment I began beating out a faster, more insistent rhythm.
    Alexandra Bracken  --  The Darkest Minds
  • I had, at Indar’s insistence, even danced with Yvette and felt her skin below the silk of her blouse; and when I saw Raymond my thoughts—leaping at this stage of the evening from possibility to possibility—were at first only about the difference in their ages.
    V.S. Naipaul  --  A Bend in the River
  • It was not a rough or painful grasp, but he bore down strongly nonetheless, and insistently, and his grip held me fast in the chair.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • Her voice got more insistent.
    Margaret Peterson Haddix  --  Among the Hidden
  • He had insisted I keep the dirk he had tossed to me that night at the inn, despite my own insistence that I had neither the skill nor the inclination to use it.
    Diana Gabaldon  --  Outlander
  • They had met briefly, three months ago, in Boston, at the insistence of Eric Ingvall.
    Dave Eggers  --  A Hologram for the King
  • Calls were forwarded from the insistently ringing telephone directly to her cell phone.
    Donna Tartt  --  The Goldfinch
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